Soft plastic waste can now be disposed of in Irish household recycling bins.
This advancement comes due to technological improvements at Irish recycling facilities.
Soft plastics, which are plastics that can be scrunched up in your hand, will now be accepted by all permitted waste collection companies.
Soft plastics include plastic wrapping on products, plastic labels, plastic packaging on pillows, bubble wrap, wrappers, crisp packets and plastic carrier bags.
In relation to this advancement, Minister of State Ossian Smyth stated, “This is a significant and very positive development in Irish recycling and waste management,”.
He added that Ireland recycles less than 30% of its plastic packaging waste, and as a result, there is a commitment to increase all plastic packaging recycling from 50% in 2025 to 55% by 2030.
“Today’s announcement is a significant step towards achieving these targets.”
Soft plastic can now be placed in the recycling bin once it’s clean, dry and loose.
Spokesperson for MyWaste Pauline McDonagh stated, “Advancements have been made to the technology that segregates the different material types in recycling facilities. The recyclable plastic is sent to specialised, polymer-specific recycling facilities. If it cannot currently be recycled, it will be sent as Solid Recovered Fuel to replace fossil fuels at cement kilns.”
The items that you can place in your recycling bin can be clarified on MyWaste.ie via the following link: https://www.mywaste.ie/page-what-to-do-with/