Repak Licence extended by Environment Minister

Repak’s approval to operate as a compliance scheme for packaging recycling in Ireland has been extended for a further five years.

Speaking at the Repak Awards Ceremony in Dublin on Thursday 4th October, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Phil Hogan, T.D, .said: “Working with Repak, my Department has completed a significant amount of work in the examination of Repak’s application for re-approval. As part of this process, the company has undertaken a complete strategic review of its structures and operations. Following this process there is a far greater understanding on all sides of the nature and extent of the challenges that exist in the regulatory environment and of how these challenges will need to be dealt with in the next five years.

While the re-approval process has been longer than expected it has been a very worthwhile process and, as a result, I am very pleased to announce today that I have re-approved Repak to act as a packaging compliance scheme for a further five years until 2018.

In taking this decision, I am very conscious of the central role that Repak has played in moving Ireland from a very low level of packaging recovery and recycling to being among the top performers in Europe. 2011 was the fifth straight year that Repak exceeded the targets set down in the EU Packaging Directive.”