Let's Get Recycling!
Kilkenny County Council, in conjunction with the Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce and IBEC, have been cooperating together to address the recycling of commercial waste. Since September 2001, all commercial and industrial premises in Kilkenny are being asked to separate all recyclable wastes.
Recyclable wastes from commercial and industrial sources is not accepted at the Dunmore Recycling Centre.
What will it cost?
Markets fluctuate and prices differ for recycled materials. For some materials, you can be paid by a merchant for items that have a high value, e.g. aluminium cans. For others, a collection service may be provided free of charge as the cost of collection is almost as high as the value of the returned material. In some cases there may be a cost to you if it is difficult or expensive to sort and process the material, e.g. timber. However, it should be borne in mind that recycling does cost money, and that market prices fluctuate.
Going back to a situation where re-usable materials are dumped is unacceptable. At the moment there are business opportunities in the recycling industry and perhaps your firm can identify ways to re-use recycled products and thus bring costs down.
Keep your waste disposal and recycling costs down by keeping your waste to a minimum - minimise and re-use as much of your waste as you can.
Find out what your suppliers are doing to reduce the amount of packaging waste you receive. Perhaps they will take back some items for re-use.
Under the Waste Management (Packaging Regulations) 2003, all back door commercial packaging waste must be recycled, whether or not your firm is a member of Repak or is self-complying with the Regulations. In other words even small retailers must make arrangements for segregating and recycling packaging waste arising from their premises.
If you are a member of REPAK find out about "uplift" services offered in this region by contacting them directly at 01 4670190. Only Repak members are allowed use the Green Dot symbol on their packaging.
If your volumes of waste are too small to justify a collection, perhaps you could pool your waste with another commercial or industrial outlet.
If collection costs are high, why not bring your recyclables directly to the recycling firm.
Arrange a suitable, secure space to store your recyclables - out of the weather. If you do not have enough storage spaces try to arrange a more frequent collection or delivery.
Ensure that all staff are trained and thoroughly familiar with the procedures for dealing with waste.
If you are a major producer of packaging waste you must either become a member of Repak, an industry-led recycling initiative: OR you must register with the local authority and agree to take back packaging waste. A major producer is defined as a producer of packaging waste who annually places more than 10 tonnes of packaging (other than packaging for re-use) on the Irish market and who has an annual turnover of more than €1m.
It is an offence under the Waste Act 1996 not to comply with the Waste Packaging Regulations. It is also an offence for any producer of packaging waste to dispose of such waste without first making it available for recovery. Further information: 01 4670190 or www.repak.ie
In the commercial sector about 60% of the waste is cardboard from boxes and packaging. A number of different companies are currently providing collection services. Cardboard must be presented carefully. If it is exposed to water or food it can become contaminated and must be sent for disposal instead of recycling.
Presenting your cardboard waste for collection:
Cardboard can be either flattened ("flat packed") or baled and must be kept dry. There is no need to take off plastic tape but all plastic wrap and film must be removed completely. If you do not have a baler it is OK to tie flattened cardboard together with string or put it in one large open box. Store indoors and do not place on the street for collection until the collection time, as it can be easily contaminated. Do not place cardboard into skips or wheelie bins with other material. Purchasing a baler is an option if you have large volumes of card waste.
Magazines and newsprint:
Depending on who is collecting or taking your paper waste, you may have to sort your paper waste. Newsprint is normally collected separately and should be arranged in bales tied with string. Like cardboard, extra care must be taken to ensure that it is not contaminated by water or food/ litter. Magazines should also be tied in bales, and should not be mixed up with newsprint if possible.
Most pubs in Kilkenny are availing of collection services. Commercial glass is not permitted at Dunmore Recycling Centre. When you arrange a collection it will be necessary to separate glass into clear, green and brown glass, usually in special wheelie bins. Do not include window glass. However, if you have waste window glass, enquire if it can be collected separately. Pubs are not permitted to use recycling facilities such as bottle banks that are provided for householders only.
There is a market for scrap metal. It needs to be collected and stored safely in skips. Do not mix ferrous (e.g. steel) and non-ferrous metals (e.g. aluminium) if possible. Drinks cans should be collected separately from other types of metals. Some recycling companies will also take aluminium foil, brass, copper and other non-ferrous metals.
At present timber recycling facilities are limited, but expanding. A couple of companies collect and process timber, then chip it to be re-used as a raw material to make Medite or board. Some companies will accept used furniture and timber only if completely stripped down of all other materials. Hinges etc. should be removed, but it is usually not necessary to remove all nails. Treated timber is usually accepted alongside untreated timber.
Building firms should store waste timber in a separate skip on site. It is very important that no other materials are mixed with waste timber.
Other materials that can be recycled:
Markets currently exist for other materials, including electronic goods, tyres, batteries, oil, textiles and plastics. If you need information about recycling services for other products please contact one of the numbers below
Further information and contacts:
Environment Section, Kilkenny County Council,
056-7794470 or email@example.com
Repak Ltd: 01 467 0190 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that all companies collecting waste for recycling in the South East Region should have a Waste Collection Permit.