Can you recycle soft plastic in Ireland?

All clean plastic packaging waste including soft plastic can now be placed in Irish household recycling bins. Minister of State for the Circular Economy Ossian Smyth TD said soft plastic can be placed in the household recycling bin along with “rigid” plastic.

What plastics Cannot be recycled Ireland?

Plastic wrappings used for fruit, vegetables, meat/fish, bread are not recyclable. Neither is polystyrene foam, plastic netting, plastic bags, cling film or black plastic.

What plastics are recyclable in Ireland?

What plastics can go in the recycling bin? All plastic packaging, including soft plastics, can now go in your recycling bin, as long as it is clean, dry and loose. That includes plastic film from shopping, plastic drinks bottles, plastic tubs, containers and food trays, yoghurt pots, shampoo and shower gel bottles.

What soft plastics can now be recycled?

Soft plastics include plastic wrap on products, plastic labels, bubble wrap, sweet wrappers, crisp packets and plastic carrier bags. All waste collection companies are now accepting this waste once it is clean, dry and loose when put it in the bin.

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Is soft plastic recycled?

Soft plastic can be recycled via physical recycling, which turns it into other items such as heavy-duty outdoor plastic furniture and roads; and chemical recycling, which turns it back into oil, that can be used for making new plastic resins for fuel and other purposes.

Is all plastic recyclable in Ireland?

Yes, all plastic packaging including soft plastics and rigid/hard plastics can go in your recycling (green/blue) bin, provided it is clean, dry and loose. The former was banned in recent years because of contamination and infrastructure shortcomings in recycling.

What types of plastic are not recyclable?

Examples of non-recyclable plastics include bioplastics, composite plastic, plastic-coated wrapping paper and polycarbonate. Well known non-recyclable plastics include cling film and blister packaging.

What soft plastics can be recycled at Tesco?

The collection points will allow customers to return all their soft plastic, such as the clear film used to wrap meat and fish, crisp packets, fruit and veg bags, and sweet wrappers, rather than having to throw it away.

What Cannot be recycled in Ireland?

The below items can NOT be placed into the recycling bin:

Nappies and Sanitary Products (including baby wipes) Food Waste. Contaminated Packaging (greasy, dirty or with residue) Garden Cuttings / Soil.

Can cling film be recycled in Ireland?

Cling film is generally not recyclable and should be placed in the waste bin. Plastic carrier bags, bread bags and frozen food bags can all be recycled – check our What To Do With Plastic film and carrier bags page to find out more.

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How much plastic gets recycled in Ireland?

Of the 319,082 tonnes of plastic packaging waste generated in Ireland in 2019, only 28 per cent was recycled.

What goes in what bin Ireland?

Recycling Bin

  • Drink cans and food tins.
  • Tetra-Pak cartons.
  • Cardboard, paper, newspaper, leaflets, envelopes, books, magazines, paper bags.
  • All plastic bottles.
  • Cereal bags, pasta bags, toilet paper bags, bubble wrap, fruit, veg & bread bags, Ziploc bags.
  • Plastic Packaging.

What can I do with soft plastics?

The NZ Soft Plastics Programmeallows you to drop off your unwanted (but clean and dry) plastic bags and soft plastic packaging to a participating store, where they will be collected for recycling. They can then be recycled into fence posts and other products.

How do you recycle soft plastic at home?

Here are some of the items you can place in your soft plastics bin and divert from landfill:

  1. Bread, pasta and rice bags.
  2. Cereal box liners.
  3. Biscuit packets.
  4. Frozen food bags.
  5. Ice cream wrappers.
  6. Squeeze pouches.
  7. Plastic sachets.
  8. Bubble wrap.

What is considered a soft plastic?

Know your soft plastics – soft plastics include biscuit wrappers, plastic bags, garbage bags, chip packets and salad mix packets – basically anything that acts as a bag around your food is soft plastic.