article A new recycling scheme in the region of Co. Mayo aims to tackle the issue of the “sugar daddy” industry in the country’s steel industry.
Under the scheme, steel will be recycled into scrap, while the rest of the material will be given to local organisations to be used for other purposes.
The project will provide a further boost to the Irish steel industry, said Mark Henn, director of the Co Mayo Recycling Company, which will operate a pilot project at a steelworks on the city’s outskirts.
“We know that when we use the recycled material to make a new product, it’s going to be better quality and it’s also going to reduce our pollution.”
In addition to that, it also has an impact on the environment because it’s not going to leach into groundwater,” he added.
The scheme is being run by the Department of Environment, Tourism and Gaeltacht Affairs.
A total of 5,000 tonnes of steel will undergo a three-stage process to be re-used.
The first phase will involve recycling the steel and metal from a scrap yard.
This will take about a month.
The second phase involves using the recycled steel to make metal parts for new machinery and equipment.
The third phase involves converting the steel into concrete, a material that can be used to build buildings and roads.
A further 5,400 tonnes of scrap will be resold to the local authorities.
The Department of Industry, Innovation and Skills said the scheme is part of the government’s drive to “reduce waste in the economy”.”
The Government is committed to improving recycling and the new pilot project will further strengthen the relationship between the industry and the Gaeltachas recycling network,” a spokesperson said.”
The pilot will provide more jobs in the steel industry and more opportunities for people to enjoy their local environment.