What to do with my soft plastics

Why are soft plastics now allowed to be placed in my recycling bin?

There are two reasons:

  • Improvements to facilities along with
  • Emergence of new markets.

In Ireland we collect all recyclables in the same bin and the sorting of all these materials  take place at a recycling facility.

Irish recycling plants are upgrading their mechanised sorting facilities to allow for more sorting of plastic. Until 2020 Irish recycling facilities could only process rigid plastics. Most plastics collected in Ireland are exported for recycling. Over the past year a number of new markets specifically handling soft plastics have emerged and Irish plastic can now be exported to these facilities for recycling. If it cannot currently be recycled it will be sent as Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) to replace fossil fuels at cement kilns.

Where do the contents of your recycling bin go?

The below listed items can be placed into the household recycling bin, provided items are Clean, Dry and Loose.

Soft plastic items CLEAN DRY AND LOOSE:

  • Bread wrappers
  • Fruit/veg and salad wraps and bags
  • Kitchen/ toilet roll outer wrap
  • Breakfast cereal bags
  • Plastic shopping/carrier bags
  • Dried fruit/seed and nut bags
  • Frozen food bags
  • Pasta/rice/noodle bags
  • Cheese packs outer wrap
  • Baked goods/Confectionary outer wrappers
  • Crisp/cracker wrappers
  • Bubble wrap
  • Electrical item/white goods/appliances bags/wrap
  • Mattress / pillow wrap
  • Wet wipes outer wrap
  • Detergent/dishwasher bags
  • Garden compost / bark bags

Rigid plastic items CLEAN, DRY AND LOOSE. Please continue to Recycle.

  • All pots, tubs and trays
  • Water/juice Bottles
  • Milk/cream Bottles
  • Sauce/dressing Bottles
  • Meat / veg / bread trays
  • Butter/margarine / ice-cream tubs
  • Yogurt pots
  • Salad/fruit bowls
  • Chocolate/biscuit trays
  • Bottle/jar lids
  • Take-away plastic containers
  • Shampoo / liquid soap and gel bottles
  • Make-up/toiletry tubs and mouth wash bottles
  • Detergent/household cleaning bottles
  • Plastic plant pots