Report reveals significant gains in waste management made in Kerry

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The regional body that promotes best practice in waste management has issued a positive progress report for Kerry.

In its annual report, the Southern Region Waste Management Office said very significant gains have been made in the region.

The Southern Region Waste Management Office promotes higher order waste actions in the areas of prevention, reuse, resource-efficiency and recycling for nine local authorities including Kerry.

Among the key performance indicators in the report across the region between 2012 and 2014 indicates the disposal rate of waste to landfill from households dropped from 37% to 25%.

Other positive indicators show the recycling and recovery rate has improved from 63% in 2012 to 75% in 2014 – the average amount of waste produced per household in 2014 was 807kg.

The report however reveals the annual amount of household waste produced per person has increased from 295kgs to 299kgs from 2012 to 2014.

Other key findings include 67% of households have now signed up for a collection service and 45% of households availing of a collection service have an organic bin.