€1m boost for waste firm in Limerick city

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

CLEAN Ireland, based in Lord Edward Street, has announced a €1m investment which will see customers across Limerick get a free domestic recycling bin.

CLEAN Ireland, based in Lord Edward Street, has announced a €1m investment which will see customers across Limerick get a free domestic recycling bin.

The waste management firm is bringing the bin forward to do its bit for the environment, a move which will see hundreds of thousands of kilogrammes of waste be diverted away from landfill sites.

Approximately 130kg of waste will shift away from landfill sites per household, company bosses claim.

The free bin will also enable customers reduce collection fees by an average of up to seven per cent per household.

And more savings will be on the way when the government’s increased landfill levy takes effect next month.

Across the nation, half of Clean Ireland’s customers have acquired the recycling bin since it was first introduced in March 2010.

This has resulted in a 35 per cent increase in the amount of waste going to recycling, rather than landfill, the company states.

Caherdavin woman Caroline Walsh, Clean Ireland’s financial controller, said: “The reality was that recycling bins were full for many households before being collected and customers, understandably, were dumping the overflow into their regular bins. The same is happening for customers of other operators so collectively there is a significant excess of waste going to landfill than there is supposed to be, which results in more damage to the environment and more expense on the householder.”

Back in 1990, Clean Ireland was one of the first waste management companies to introduce wheelie bins to the market.

Limerick householders can avail of this new bin by texting the number 360, followed by their Clean Ireland account number to 087 3224422.

The replacement of their existing bin with the extra large bin will be arranged and despatched.

For more information on the scheme, Google search ‘Clean Ireland’, or log on to the firm’s web site at www.cleanireland.ie.