People living in Galway City have won the title of top recyclers in the country – for the third year running.
Figures released by Rehab Glassco – Ireland’s largest glass recycling company – to mark Repak Recycling Week, show that in the first eight months of 2012, an average of 54 glass jars and bottles were recycled by every man, woman and child in the city.
The figure for the county area was 45 glass bottles and jars recycled – also well above the national average of 41 bottles and jars per person. “We are now good at glass recycling, we need to aim to be great!” said David Farrelly, Operations Manager with Rehab Glassco.
The statistics show that recycling is now common practice for households across the country as Ireland now ranks tenth in the EU with a glass recycling rate of 81%, well above the EU average of 70%.
In the period from January 1 to August 31 this year, 2,226 tonnes of glass were collected in Galway County for recycling with 1,229 tonnes being collected in Galway City.
The busiest site in the county was the Oranmore Car Park with 139 tonnes deposited in the bottle banks provided, while the bring banks on the Western Distributor Road were the busiest site in Galway City with 268 tonnes collected.
David Farrelly said: “These figures show that recycling is now part of the routine for households. This is evident throughout the network of bring banks that we provide across the country. We have met and exceeded the EU targets and this was made possible by everyone from households to businesses to recycling operators like ourselves at Rehab Glassco working together to achieve this high standard.”
Glass is 100 per cent recyclable and can be endlessly recycled with no loss in quality – in other words, it can be recycled forever. Up to 90 per cent of new glass can be made from recycled glass and most bottles and jars contain at least 25 per cent recycled glass
On average an Irish family consumes the contents of around 500 glass bottles and jars each year.
Read more in today’s Connacht Sentinel
Gardaí bid to identify body recovered near Mutton Island
Gardai have launched an investigation following the discovery of a body in Galway Bay yesterday afternoon.
A member of the public raised the alarm after spotting the body in the water while walking on the causeway to Mutton Island.
Galway Fire Service, Gardai and the RNLI attended the scene and recovered the body at around 4pm, before it was taken to University Hospital Galway for a post mortem.
It is understood that the body may have been in the water for some time.
Gardaí are currently examining a list of missing people in the city.
Gardaí investigate fatal Carraroe crash
A man in his 30s has died following a road crash in Carraroe in the early hours of this morning.
At 3.50am, Gardaí and emergency services attended at a single car collision on a minor road.
The driver of the car, a man in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. A passenger in the car, a male in his 30s, was taken by ambulance to Galway University Hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
The road is currently closed and local diversions are in place. Garda forensic collision investigators will examine the crash site this morning.
Land Development Agency rules out Merlin ‘land grab’
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Campaigners have warned the Land Development Agency (LDA) to keep its hands off Merlin Woods.
Local community group Friends of Merlin Woods said that the amenity on the east side of the city is not suitable for residential development.
It has sought clarification on whether the LDA has earmarked part of the recreational and amenity lands for housing, after it appeared on its online database of publicly-owned lands.
In a statement to the Galway City Tribune, the LDA said its database compiles a list of all State lands, not just land for development.
In relation to Merlin Woods, the LDA said: “Those lands aren’t included in the LDA developments in Galway. The lands database is a map-based tool which compiles all State lands and has no reflection on development potential.”
It came after Caroline Stanley of Friends of Merlin Woods raised concern that land within Merlin Woods had been earmarked for development.
“I’d be concerned that it’s marked as residential when it’s in RA (Recreational and Amenity) land. Some is marked ‘open space’ but some is marked as ‘new proposed residential’ on its [LDA’s] database. It makes us wonder why. We’d like clarity and to clear it up.
“The message we’d like to get out there is we need clarification, whether it’s a mistake on the Land Development Agency’s part, or whether it is an area that they consider as a residential area, which the community would be opposed to. We need clarity. It could be something that is in line for development later on, we don’t know, and we need clarity.”
Councillor Owen Hanley explained that the fears around Merlin Woods stem from legislation currently making its way through the Oireachtas that would strip councillors of powers to veto the transfer of land to the LDA for housing projects.
The Bill would also allow Government to direct what public lands – including those owned by local authorities – can be transferred to the LDA for development of social and affordable housing.
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