New recycling levy could cost 500 jobs

The proposed levy – in the form of a Producer Responsibility Initiative from the Department of the Environment – will mean that motorists could end up paying over €3 extra per tyre, while truck owners will pay as much as €10 more per tyre and farmers even more: €25 per tyre, according to the Independent Tyre Wholesalers and Retailers Association (ITWRA).

The group is claiming the measure could lead to 500 job losses, as motorists head north to buy cheaper tyres.

“If this extra cost is introduced for motorists, transport companies and those in the agri-business, it will drive business away from legitimate tyre sellers and that will mean job losses in every town and county and even businesses being forced to close”, a spokesperson for ITWRA said.

“A motorist can simply cross the border into Northern Ireland, buy their tyres there and pay no levy while a transport company can purchase new tyres for their truck in the UK where the same situation applies. If this happens then we are talking about local dealers closing and jobs being lost.”

It also said that the industry is very environmentally conscious and responsible and already operate a satisfactory, licensed used tyre disposal scheme in the Republic – one which does not impose a levy on the motorist.

“The tyre trade is strongly opposed to this new tax on motorists”, the spokesperson said pointing out that the new regulations are not being introduced as a result of an EU imposed Directive but rather as a national policy.

“Minister Kelly will force this new Irish Policy on the Irish Public and tyre traders and there is little room for negotiation.”


Interesting Recycling Facts

  • A running faucet wastes 2.5 gallons of water each minute.
  • A dishwasher uses 11 gallons of water per use.
  • 75 percent of all water used in the household is used in the bathroom.
  • A toilet made in 1992 or earlier uses up to 60 percent more water per flush than newer high efficiency toilets.
  • Turning of the tap while brushing your teeth in the morning and before bedtimes can save up to 8 gallons per day. This is a savings of 240 gallons per month.
  • Running your faucet for 5 minutes uses up enough energy to run a 60 watt light bulb for 14 hours.
  • A full bath tub uses 70 gallons of water. A 5 minute shower only uses 10-25 gallons.

Interesting Recycling Facts / Paper

  • Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4000 kilowatt hours of electricity.  This is enough energy to power the average American home for 5 months.
  • The process of recycling paper instead of making it from new materials generates 74 percent less air pollution and uses 50 percent less water.
  • Manufacturing recycled paper uses 60 percent of the energy needed to make paper from new materials.
  • Over 73 percent of all newspapers are recovered for recycling. About 33 percent of this is used to make newsprint the rest is used to make paperboard, tissue, or insulation.
  • A little more than 48 percent of all office paper is recycled. This is used to make writing papers, paperboard, tissue, and insulation.

Interesting Recycling Facts / Metal

  • Recycling steel and tin cans saves 74 percent of the energy used to make them.
  • Americans throw away enough aluminum every month to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.
  • Americans throw out enough iron and steel to continuously supply all the auto makers in the entire nation.
  • A steel mill using recycled scrap reduces water pollution, air pollution, and mining waste by about 70 percent.
  • When you throw away an aluminum can you waste as much energy as if you’d filled the can half full of gasoline and poured it into the ground.
  • Americans use 100 million tin and steel cans each day.
  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100 watt light bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, and a TV for 2 hours.

Interesting Recycling Facts / Plastic

  • Enough plastic is produced in the United States each year to shrink wrap Texas.
  • In 1998 Americans used 2 billion pounds of HDPE to make plastic bottles for household products. That’s the equivalent weight of 90,000 Honda civics.
  • Approximately 88 percent of the energy is saved when plastic is made from plastic rather than from the raw materials of gas and oil.
  • Enough plastic bottles are thrown away in the United States each year  to circle the Earth four times.


Pharrell Williams (W)raps a Green Message

Pharrell Williams (W)raps a Green Message by Creating Bionic Bag Out of Recycled Bottles for Kiehl’s

Celebrities endorsing the cause of environment conservation can do a world of good to the world! It is heartening to see stars
attach their names to eco-friendly products and causes. The latest being rapper Pharrell Williams, who has collaborated with natural skin care line Kiehl’s to create a environment friendly bag to increase awareness about the approaching World Earth Day.
Created using Bionic Yarn technology, the Limited Edition Eco-Tote is made of fabrics obtained from recycling nine plastic bottles.

The unique tote is both good looking and big with enough space for everything from your laptop, gym clothes, other daily luggage, et al. The catch, however, is that only those customers who participate in the Kiehl’s ‘Recycle and Be Rewarded’ scheme and recycle old bottles, jars, and tubes at any local Kiehl’s stores in the April to June quarter stand to receive this complimentary bag. But those who have already done away with such stuff (hopefully, in a earth friendly way) need not lose heart, as you can get this attractive tote on purchase of any eco-friendly 500ml or 1L product.

The N.E.R.D rapper who has given music to the 2010 American computer-animated 3D comedy Despicable Me is not the only celebrity to have created a bag for charity. In the recent past, Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger of the Bridget Jones’
Diary fame too collaborated with top brand Tommy Hilfiger to create a bag to raise awareness about breast cancer and funds for the Breast Health Institute (BHI).

As per the collaboration, $100 from the $299 worth light brown suede bag will go to the BHI’s Fund for Living campaign that supports women battling cancer. Like Williams, Renee too is happy about being associated with a cause that is “very real, very direct” and will help the world become a better place.