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SHOW SOME BOTTLE; Irish people sank record amounts of booze over Christmas but now recyclers are asking us to..

Byline: By SINEAD KENEFICK

IRISH people guzzled 24 million bottles of wine during Christmas, it was claimed yesterday.

Incredibly, that's enough vino to stretch from Dublin to San Francisco if you place each bottle end to end.

The figures were released by the Rehab Recycle company as it launched its post-Christmas campaign.

General manager Bob Rowat said: "Glass is by far the easiest packaging material to recycle and it can be used time and again.

"Recycling just one bottle or jar saves enough energy to power a TV for 20 minutes or a 100-watt light bulb for almost an hour."

Anticipating the additional Christmas cheer, Rehab Recycle have extra collection services put in place to deal with the excess waste.

Its combined glass, can, paper and waste electrical recycling facilities account for more than 80,000 tonnes of material each year. Mr Rowat also warned that Ireland's landfill sites are overflowing and people should do everything they can to help the environment. He added: "Despite this, more than 200 million bottles and jars ended up in Ireland's rapidly shrinking landfill sites last year. So after the celebrations, make it your New Year's resolution not to bin glass bottles but to bank them at your local bring centre."

Bottles are not the only Christmas waste you can recycle.

Mr Rowat said: "A huge amount of waste, such as plastic bottles, wrapping, cardboard boxes and Christmas cards, is generated over the festive season.

"All of this packaging waste is highly recyclable and does not have to end up in the landfill."

He also urged people to use the bottle banks properly.

Mr Rowat added: "We would remind people to deposit this waste in the relevant paper and plastic bring bank containers.

"By dumping it on the ground next to glass and other bring banks, you may be stopping the collection lorries from accessing and emptying the sites."

Irish Mirror Comment

Glass is the easiest type of packaging to recycle

BOB ROWAT YESTERDAY

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