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Jim Tenanty: “It was a great success – people want this every year”

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Ardee Municipal District councillor Jim Tenanty photographed at Westerns GFC in Reaghstown. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Independent councillor Jim Tenanty has thanked all those who helped make the first Christmas recycling drive in Ardee a success last week, calling the take up of the initiative “brilliant.”

Tenanty, also chairman of Ardee Tidy Towns, teamed up with Paul Lanney of SuperValu to provide a recycling waste point – in the form of a Santa’s Sleigh – where locals could bring their cardboard, plastic and paper recycling which as always, accumulates quickly over Christmas.

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Tenanty and his volunteers manned the sleigh for two days – Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th of December – and lots of people came to avail of the free recycling opportunity.

“It was unbelievable, just unbelievable,” Tenanty told ThisIsArdee.ie today. “We were there from 9am to 4pm the first day and 9am until 1pm on the second day.”

The Ardee-based councillor took time to thank all those who made the initiative possible and confirmed that the local Tidy Towns group plan to bring it back next year and hope to continue it on an annual basis.

“I want to thank Michael Farrelly, David Higgins, Brendan Matthews, Kenneth Smith of the MC Coasters for providing the sleigh, Paul Lanney and the staff of Super Valu Ardee, Paddy Donnelly Director of Services of Louth County Council and council staff – and of course, the public for participating.

“There was a queue of cars, we could hardly cope,” Tenanty said. “It was a great success. When we arrived on Thursday, it was full – stacked to the hilt so we had to get rid of all that before we got started again.

“It was brilliant, the best idea I’ve had in a long time. The amount of thanks and respect we got from the general public was unbelievable. People want this done every year.”

The recycling sleigh didn’t take long to fill up – and had to be emptied countless times over two days.

The pop-up recycling drop off point was for recyclable material such as cardboard packaging, plastic packaging and paper only and Tenanty said that while a number of people arrived attempting to dump other household waste, it was a kept to a minimum.

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. The recycling bottle and can bring bank at the Fair Green in Ardee was busy as ever over Christmas, being emptied three times over the festive week.

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