All Soft Plastics Acceptable In Household Recycling Bins.

Currently here in Ireland we were recycling less than one third of all plastic packaging waste, but now all clean plastic packaging waste including black plastic sacks, all of which is soft plastic, can be placed in Ireland’s household recycling bins, together with the already acceptable more rigid plastic.

Photo: G. Willoughby.

Same has come about due to advancements in technology at Irish recycling facilities, thus making waste segregation much more straight forward for every householder and service provider.

Ireland has been committed to increasing its plastic packaging recycling figure to 50% by 2025 and to 55% by 2030 and this announcement is observed as being a significant step towards achieving Ireland’s future targets.

Until now only hard plastics, such as plastic bottles and food trays, have been acceptable for recycling, however the emphasis with regards to soft packaging will be on the word “clean“.

Deposit scheme for plastic bottles and cans!

A long overdue deposit scheme for plastic bottles and cans will also be introduced next year and this will see a deposit charged for each can or bottle purchased, which is then refunded when the empty container is brought back to the retailer. Previously here on Thurles.Info we highlighted Ireland’s failure in this respect in April 2018.


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