Locals are encouraged to dipose of their Christmas packaging waste responsibily this year – with Ardee Municipal District councillor and Tidy Towns chairman Jim Tenanty confirming that a recycling drop off point will be available in the town centre over the festive period.
Tenanty has teamed up with Paul Lanney of SuperValu to provide a recycling waste point where locals can bring their cardboard, plastic and paper recycling which as ever, is set to accumulate quickly over Christmas.
The recycling point will be in place outside SuperValu on Ardee’s Ashwalk on Tuesday December 26th and Wednesday December 27th and will be free to use.
The pop-up recycling drop off point will be for recyclable material such as cardboard packaging, plastic packaging and paper only and Tenanty is asking people to respect the idea and not take advantage to dump other household waste.
“According to Repak, packaging waste in Ireland increases by up to 25% over the festive period – with the average household getting through 44 kilos of waste,” Tenanty said. “We want to encourage people – especially children – to recycle and dispose of their waste responsibly over Christmas.
“The children will obviously be very excited for Santy to come but we would urge parents to remind their kids of the importance of looking after the environment and minimising waste”, he added.
The drop off point will be decorated as a Santa’s sleigh – with children asked to come along and drop off their toy and gift packing in the sleigh – so Santa can bring back to Lapland and use again for next year’s toys.
“We hope this is an initiative that might catch on nationwide,” Tenanty told ThisIsArdee.ie.
It is estimated that Irish people get through 6 million rolls of wrapping paper, 50 million bottles of beer, 51 million beer cans, 3 million spirit bottles, 23 million wine bottles and 20 million soft drink cans annually.