Over the last twenty years, Ireland has gone from being one of Europe’s lowest performers to the highest for packaging recycling. Despite this, approximately 87,000 tonnes of non-recyclable material end up in the recyclable bin every year. While these findings show that the nation’s knowledge of how to recycle is high, there remains a significant proportion who are not recycling and are not actively considering the effects that failing to recycle properly has on the environment.

Did you know that Ireland’s recycling waste is sorted by hand at the beginning of the recycling process? These workers are dedicated to removing nappies, mouldy food, medical waste and much more every single day!

We have some top tips for Irish residents to ensure they don’t mess it up when it comes to recycling this Easter;

  • Only place rigid plastic, cardboard and paper, food cans and aluminium cans in the recycling bin
  • Soft plastic is currently not widely accepted in the recycling bin and should be placed in the black bin
  • These should be clean, dry and loose with any food residue or liquids removed
  • ALL glass should be brought to one of the 1,838 Repak-funded bring bank sites around the country and never placed in the household recycling bin
  • Never put nappies, broken toys, food, grass cuttings or anything else un-recyclable into the recycling bin
  • If you knowingly contaminate your recycling bin, think of the long-term consequences of those actions and the people who have to pick through your rubbish
  • If you know of a neighbour, friend or family member not recycling properly, take the time to educate them on contamination. Their recycling bin could be contaminating yours!
  • Visit for all the information you need to recycle right this Easter, and every week

Save our nation from contamination!

Make sure you know what shouldn’t be in your recycling bin:

  • Nappies and Sanitary Products (including baby wipes)
  • Food waste
  • Soft plastics
  • Contaminated Packaging (greasy, dirty or with residue)
  • Garden cuttings / soil
  • Polystyrene
  • Liquids / Oils
  • Textiles – including clothes/shoes and home furnishings
  • Dismantled furniture
  • Medical waste
  • Glass – bring this to your local bring bank – find yours here
  • Light Bulbs
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment i.e. anything that can contain a battery or a plug
  • Batteries
  • General waste that should be in the General waste Bin