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Repak launches New Packaging Design Guide

With Ireland transitioning towards a Circular Economy, how we design our packaging and the materials we select has never been more important, to ensure that these valuable resources remain in the economy and continue to add value.
Our new Packaging Design Guide provides Members with valuable information on the various stages involved in packaging recycling, and how the design of packaging impacts on those stages, potentially rendering materials non-recyclable.
This interactive guide takes you on the journey from collection of packaging material for recycling  (paper, metals, plastics and glass) through to the reprocessing facility stage, where a brand new item may be made from packaging discarded in a recycling bin.  The Guide also answers some of the most frequently asked questions about packaging design and recycling.   
To further improve the recyclability of packaging placed on the Irish market and incentivise eco-design, Repak is also introducing Eco-modulation of fees for plastic packaging in July 2021. This is viewed as a key element of the new EU Waste Framework Directive in helping to achieve the ambition of the EU’s Plastic Strategy for 100% recyclable packaging by 2030.
The Packaging and Design Guide outlines the plastic packaging categories under this new Repak Eco fee modulation structure, and lists the packaging items that are currently recycled and not recycled in Ireland. 

View the full Packaging Design Guide here.  For any queries on this guide, please contact our Packaging Technology team at


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