Recycling 'needs to be a focus in 2009'

30 January 2009 — 1:45 PM

Recycling as a means to reduce the amount of waste that gets sent to landfill should be a priority in 2009, it has been advised.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), measures are to be introduced over the next 12 months that will encourage consumers and businesses to be more careful about whet they throw away.

In its National Waste Report for 2007, the EPA noted recycling rates had "remained steady" and progress was being made in terms of companies reducing the amount of packaging they use.

However, Dr Gerry Byrne, EPA programme manager, added: "In a time of increasingly constrained resources, fundamental issues need to be addressed to ensure that waste is managed in an environmentally sustainable manner."

The comments could inspire some to consider the benefits of recycling mobile phones, as sending used handsets to landfill can be damaging to the earth.

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