An increase of almost 90% since last year in the amount of farm plastic packaging being brought for recycling has been welcomed.
Minister Ciaran Cannon said that this increase shows increasing awareness among the farming community of the importance of recycling to the local environment.
The Fine Gael TD said: “I’m delighted to see the ongoing commitment of our agricultural sector to care for the environment with farm plastic bring centres available in recent weeks in Ballinasloe and Mountbellew in addition to other venues about the country.
“I also commend the work being done by the Irish Farm Films Producers Group in facilitating the amount of farm plastics packaging waste, – comprised of the likes of fertiliser bags, plastic drums and feed bags – being collected, which has seen the huge increase since last year of 88%.
“I also agree with the observation from the IFFPG that this indicates an increase in numbers using the facility afforded by the various bring centres particularly in light of the milder winter and the consequently reduced amounts of fodder tapped into.”
Minister Cannon added: “While this increase is a mark of the convenience of facilities like this, it is also a sign of the recognition of its crucial importance to the local environment and I wish to acknowledge the work being done by our farming community in ensuring that farm plastic packaging waste is correctly collected and recycled.”