Repak Team Green celebrates 22,000 members going eco friendly
More than 22,000 people have joined Repak Team Green since the initiative launched in 2018.
The company is calling on the Irish public to join the drive to learn how to recycle more and better.
Now in its fourth year, the Repak Team Green initiative says research shows that out of 850 adults surveyed, 89% are confident that their recycling habits are good, but 1 in 10 are still not confident. However, 64% are more eco conscious now than before the Covid-19 pandemic
Meanwhile, 57% are shopping more locally and 56% adopting best practice recycling habits.
The research examined the public’s attitudes towards eco-conscious behaviour after it was recently announced that all plastic packaging waste can now go into the recycling bin. Ireland is currently exceeding the EU plastic recycling targets of 22.5%. However, achieving the ambitious targets for plastics recycling of 50% by 2025 and 55% by 2030, under the Circular Economy and EU Legislation, will require a concentrated effort by all stakeholders and putting all plastics in the recycling bin is a step towards making this target achievable.
Repak created its Team Green initiative in 2018 to support Ireland in achieving future packaging recycling targets set by the EU and as a result of the efforts by the 22,000 who have joined the initiative, recycled plastic packaging tonnes increased by 9% between the start of 2019 and the end of 2020.
CEO of Repak, Séamus Clancy says: “Since we launched Repak Team Green in 2018, over 22,000 individuals have joined the initiative to reduce, reuse and recycle more and better. Join us on Repak Team Green today and pledge to protect the environment at this critical juncture in Ireland’s journey to reducing and recycling better.”
“All plastic packaging waste now being accepted into recycling bins is a very positive change, as not only does it eliminate confusion amongst householders about what can be recycled, it’s also an opportunity to drive a significant increase in our recycling rates.
“To protect our environment, we need to continue working together to reduce the volume of waste generated and to recycle more. Since 2018, Repak has invested €10 million in funding for plastic recycling, and we are committed to facilitating Ireland’s journey to becoming an even more sustainable society.”
By joining Repak Team Green, not only will you be pledging to recycle more and better, you can also get handy tips on how to do so. It takes just two minutes to join Repak Team Green at repak.ie/teamgreen.
Caption: Repak Team Green ambassador Roz Purcell