Over the last twenty years, Ireland has gone from being one of Europe’s lowest performers to the highest for packaging recycling. Yet approximately 87,000 tonnes of non-recyclable material ends up in recycling bins every year. So, while many of us know how to recycle properly, we could all do with a little reminder.

We all need to consider the impact our recycling habits have 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 – items which of course should never be placed in the recycling bin!

We have some top tips for you to ensure you don’t mess it up when it comes to recycling at home.

If you knowingly contaminate your recycling bin, think of the long-term consequences and the people who have to pick through your rubbish. And 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!

What can you put in your recycling / green bin?

Save our nation from contamination!

Make sure you know what should not be in your recycling bin.

What DOES NOT GO in your recycling / green bin?

  • Soft plastic is not currently accepted in the recycling bin – please place in the black bin
  • Nappies and sanitary products (including baby wipes)
  • Food waste
  • Broken toys
  • Contaminated packaging (greasy, dirty or with residue)
  • Garden cuttings / soil
  • Expanded polystyrene (e.g from new electronic packaging). Some civic amenity sites can accept this material, check with your local site.
  • Liquids / oils
  • Textiles – including clothes / shoes and home furnishings
  • Dismantled furniture
  • Medical waste
  • Glass – bring this to your local bring bank
  • Light bulbs
  • Electrical / electronic equipment (anything that can contain a battery or a plug)
  • Batteries
  • General waste that should be in the general waste bin