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Can It! To Win It with Tidy Towns and Every Can Counts

Every Can Counts wants to help you to score high marks with the Tidy Towns entry form and pick up the ‘Can It’ award and €1,500 along the way.

Every Can Counts aims to make it easier for people to recycle their cans when they’re out and about, we provide free recycling packs to organisations who want to offer can recycling facilities for the customers, staff, and visitors.

Each pack includes three indoor recycling bins, posters, and liner sacks.  Every Can Counts works with existing waste contractors who take away these bags of segregated cans.

The Can It! Award challenges groups to increase the number of can recycling points within their town or village.  There are four simple steps to take part and win:

  • Identify local businesses or organisations who could use FREE can recycling bins. (It could be a café, a leisure centre, a GAA club or anywhere you see a need).
  • Speak with the business owner/manager and ask them if they’d like some free can recycling packs (includes 3 indoor bins, posters, and bin liners).
  • Contact Every Can Counts at everycancounts@aluproireland.ie with details of the venue and how many bins they require. Please include a contact name, number, and address, and let us know if they consent to receiving and using the recycling packs.
  • Fill in the application form found here and return it to info@everycancounts.ie

The quantity and variety of locations where groups place an Every Can Counts programme will be taken into consideration when choosing a winner.

Remember to mention how many Every Can Counts programmes you have implemented in your Super Valu Tidy Towns entry form under the ‘Tidiness and Litter Control’ (90 marks) and ‘Sustainability –Doing more with less’ (50 marks) headings as it could contribute towards your overall mark.

Drink cans are endlessly recyclable with no loss of quality, and save huge amounts of energy when made from recycled materials (95% energy saving), this makes them the perfect on the go drinks choice for sustainable businesses, towns, and people.

To download a Can It! Application form click here CANIT!Competition2019

For more information on the Tidy Towns and all of the other special awards click here

If you have any questions about the Can It! Award get in touch with Róisín at info@everycancounts.ie

Upload pictures of Every Can Counts at work in your town to your social media and include  #everycancounts and we’ll repost your efforts for all to see.

Good luck to all the Tidy Town applicants in this year’s competition!

Closing date 17th of May 2019

Aluminium Drink Cans Recycling Hits Record High in Ireland

The official recycling rate for aluminium drink cans consumed in Ireland has jumped from 54% in 2016 to 73% in 2017.

Today Repak, Ireland’s only government-approved packaging recycling scheme announced that more than 7 out of 10 aluminium drink cans sold and consumed in Ireland in 2017 were collected for recycling. The 7,297 tonnes collected for recycling last year is the highest rate of aluminium can recycling since Repak began recording data in 2006.

The data, provided to Repak by both its members and registered packaging collectors and recyclers, shows that overall tonnage of aluminium packaging collected for recycling in 2017 has grown by over 50% compared to 2016 (4,728 tonnes to 7,297 tonnes).

The news comes as Alupro Ireland, the not-for-profit company who develop and run the programme Every Can Counts, received a finalist nomination at the prestigious Pakman Awards, a national recycling awards powered by Repak. The awards will be held in the Intercontinental Hotel on October 25th, with Alupro Ireland nominated in the Environmental Education and Awareness Initiative category.

Last year saw the relaunch of the Every Can Counts’ drinks can recycling programme in Ireland. The programme, managed by Alupro Ireland and funded by the aluminium suppliers, drinks can manufacturers and Repak, enables people to recycle drink cans when outside the home. The programme is currently working in partnership with Ireland’s major music festivals to encourage festival goers to recycle the high volume of cans consumed at the events.

Every Can Counts is a unique partnership between the can makers and the recycling industry.  They have come together to establish a successful ‘on the go’ recycling programme across Ireland.  Every Can Counts has increased can recycling points across the country in sports clubs, tourist attractions, hospitals, universities, and organisations of all kinds.  The programme went on tour this summer and was found at all the major festivals rewarding positive recycling behaviour, providing additional can recycling facilities, and passing on a message that lives long beyond any festival.

Every Can Count’s presence at festivals and events led to the collection of over 57700 cans last year.

Commenting on the recycling rates and nomination, Repak’s CEO, Seamus Clancy, said “It is fantastic to see aluminium drink can recycling rates taking such a significant jump in just one year – and the highest level on record. The challenge is to help consumers to recognise aluminium packaging as an extremely cost-effective material to recycle, through education and effective communications, and Alupro Ireland’s nomination for a Pakman Awards demonstrates the effectiveness of its campaigns and highlights the excellent results that have helped increase Ireland’s aluminium recycling rates.”

The most significant factor contributing to this impressive increase is the inclusion, for the first time, of the aluminium drink cans recovered from the incinerator bottom ash (IBA) derived largely from the new Poolbeg Waste to Energy Facility which opened last year.  Recycling aluminium, compared to producing it from primary material, saves 95% of the energy and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 97%.   The valuable aluminium cans recovered from the IBA are then recycled into new aluminium products.

The Repak data also reveals more good news – kerbside collections of used aluminium packaging grew by 6% and collections through bring banks grew by 2%.

Maarten Labberton, Chairman of Alupro Ireland commented “This is excellent news, and we will always prioritise the separate collection of clean aluminium packaging from households and on-the-go. However, if aluminium packaging makes its way into household rubbish, almost uniquely it can now be recovered and recycled into new high value products.”

BYO Cans Dublin

Let it be known to all that we love a good can!  And with a growing number of craft breweries we’re spoiled for choice.  Our newly found sophisticated palates want to enjoy our favourite brews, and not just at home!  To meet the demand of the discerning, and not so discerning, can drinker, these restaurants have a BYOC (Bring Your Own Can) policy.    We’ve compiled a list of our top three favourite can-drinking, and eating, spots:


The Little Kitchen |129 Leeson St Uppr, Dublin 4| thelittlekitchen.ie | 01 6697844

Small in size but certainly not in flavour.  The Little Kitchen offers brunch, lunch and dinner with ingredients sourced from the very best Irish providers in a hospitable and informal setting.

Despite having a thoughtful wine list they also allow customers to bring their own wine (€5 for corkage) and cans (€1 per can).   You can digest your food in peace knowing that every bottle and can is recycled.

For eating, drinking, and recycling, The Little Kitchen have you covered.


Dada|45 South William St, Dublin 2 |www.dadarestaurant.ie|01 617 0777

One moment you’re in the thriving streets of Dublin city centre, but pass through the doors of Dada and you’re transported to Northern Africa.  The sounds, the scents, and the surroundings are a far cry from the normal hustle and bustle of South William St.

The Moorish inspired food is influenced by the flavours of Northern Africa and Southern Spain and are perfectly accompanied when you bring along your favourite can for the journey.

If the enticing aroma doesn’t draw you through the doors perhaps the knowledge that Dada is a can-friendly zone, with every single can being recycled with the Every Can Counts programme, will do the job!


Gallagher & Co Bistro & Coffee House|www.gallagherbistro.com|01 677 0499

This city gem is in the centre of it all.  Mere moments from the cobble stones of Trinity College and you can be ensconced in the historic D’Olier Chambers which houses Gallagher & Co Bistro & Coffee House.

A firm favourite among scholars and staff alike, we’ve recently just learnt of its charms.  The restaurant offers some popular classics such as burgers and steaks but shout out to our veggie friends, there’s an entire vegetarian menu.

Added to its already plentiful charms Gallagher and Co is BYO Cans, allowing customers to bring their favourite canned drinks for €1.20 per can.

Besides bringing a big bag of cans don’t forget to bring your camera, the building is truly spectacular.  Built in 1891, it’s truly the most beautiful and historic venue to enjoy your cans.


Cheers everyone!