Post Christmas recycling takes off with gusto

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Longford Co Council’s post Christmas recycling campaign has begun with gusto following a major collection at the weekend.

The local authority reports that many people availed of the Christmas packaging recycling initiative in Longford town, Ballymahon and Granard in an effort to beat the festive season’s rubbish mount-up. It also appears that there is more awareness in relation to the importance of recycling, and the push is on now to encourage more people to use bottle banks and other recycling facilities as the new year sets in.

“The recycling campaign is going great,” said Gary Brady, Longford Co Council. “We had the Christmas Packaging Recycling initiative last weekend in Longford, Ballymahon and Granard and the Christmas Tree Collection is ongoing in the council yard, so yes overall it is going well.”

Mr Brady went on to say, he has noticed a huge decrease in illegal dumping as more and more people embrace the idea of recycling goods and domestic waste. “Definitely we are seeing less and less waste being dumped,” he added.

“People are certainly becoming more and more aware of what recycling is all about and are using facilities in their localities. We would be encouraging everyone to use bottle banks and other recycling facilities around them; these are ideal facilities to get rid of cans, glass and bottles after the Christmas festivities and indeed all year round.”

Mr Brady added: “It is vital that people use the recycling facilities that are available to them”.

“These facilites are free of charge and if people go to a bottle bank and it is full then we would ask that they find another facility in which to dump the materials,” he added.

“It is not acceptable to dump rubbish at facilities and not place it in the containers provided..”

Longford C o Council began its recycling campaign in the past week. The local authority will collect real Christmas trees in the council yard at Park Road, Longford from Monday January 6 to Friday, January 24 next from 8.30am-4.30pm.

The Christmas Packaging Initiative - which was also free of charge - was held last weekend.

For more information, contact Gary Brady on 043 3343451 or 086 1734728, or email or




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