Householders must keep recycling, says Bryson boss

Eric Randall, Director of Bryson Recycling. INNT 16-506CON
Eric Randall, Director of Bryson Recycling. INNT 16-506CON
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BRYSON Recycling has reassured local users of their kerbside box service that 100 per cent of the materials collected are recycled, the majority locally.

Eric Randall, Director of Mallusk-based Bryson Recycling, was responding to claims in a national newspaper that each year thousands of tonnes of recyclable materials are shipped out of the UK and end up in foreign landfill sites.

He said: “It would be an unfortunate setback if recent reports in the national press dissuaded people from recycling. Our service involves collecting items for recycling from boxes which we then sort into different compartments of a specialist collection vehicle. This allows us to filter out any contamination that may be present, at the point of collection. If we can’t recycle anything put out in boxes we will leave it behind with a card explaining why we can’t collect it. This all results in high quality materials that can be recycled locally.”

Glass collected through Bryson’s kerbie box collection service goes to Quinn Glass in Fermanagh where it is used to make bottles for local brands such as Bushmills and Magners. Cherry Plastics Group in Lurgan manufactures pipes using the plastic bottles collected, while paper is sent to Huhtamaki, also in Lurgan, where it is used to make moulded fibre products such as egg cartons.

Mr Randall added: “Maintaining a local focus is central to our ethos, as Bryson Recycling is a social enterprise that reinvests profits through Bryson Charitable Group to deliver a range of services across Northern Ireland, all of which have a clear social or environmental benefit. Through partnerships with Northern Ireland companies we are currently helping to sustain around 1,000 jobs in the recycling sector, which provides a real boost to our economy.”