How to recycle in Ireland

How to recycle in Ireland

You have two options: take it to a recycling centre or use a local kerbside collection. If you have organic waste, you can choose to either use a collection kerbside or compost it yourself. Many facilities will also accept bulky organic materials.

There are three types permanent recycling facilities: bring bank, civic amenity websites and recycling centres. Every year, many local authorities establish temporary collection points for Christmas trees. Repak, as well as your local authority provide information on what’s available.

Bring banks offer unstaffed collections points for recyclable materials like glass bottles. Some bring banks offer clothes collection bins.

Although similar to bring banks they can accept a wider variety of items. They are purpose built, have staff and are open during designated hours. They are open to paper, cardboard (plastic and glass), plastic and glass containers, food tins and drinks cans, footwear, electrical equipment and fluorescent tubes, as well DIY and waste oil. Some accept garden waste and Christmas trees.

How to recycle in Ireland
How to recycle in Ireland

Civic amenity sites staff can give advice and information regarding recycling. They may also sell home composting boxes.

These recycling centers are gated and staffed with specific hours. They accept a smaller number of items that civic amenity locations. They do not take large objects. They do not come in custom-built form and can be found at sites like local authority depots.

The staff can also offer information and advice about recycling. They might even be able to sell home composting containers.

The collection of recyclable materials at the kerbside is known as a “green-bin” collection. Recycling materials include plastic bottles, glass, beverage cans, cardboard, newspapers, magazines, and cardboard.

Most areas now have separate bin collections for food and other waste. They are commonly called a brown bin’ collection.

Composting is the process of breaking down organic material such kitchen and garden waste by organisms into an earthlike mass that can be used for soil conditioning. It is possible to compost most garden waste and a lot of kitchen waste. Refer to our article on composting. If organic materials are not available, you can send them to the civic amenity centre. Many local authorities provide subsidised home composting bins.

The following materials are acceptable for your household waste recycling box:

Paper and card: letter, brochures; cardboard boxes (flattened); egg boxes; cardboard centres from kitchen roll and toilet roll; newspapers; ‘Tetrapak’ cartons for juice or dairy.

Rigid Plastic (washed in cold water): plastic drinking bottles, plastic cleaning bottle, butter, yoghurt or salad tubs, plastic tray for fruits and vegetables, plastic milk container, plastic bottles to make liquid soap, shampoo bottles

Soft plastic (washed/dry): Bread wrappers, frozen food bags and plastic shopping bag, bubble wraps, crisp wrappers. Pasta bags, pizza bags, outer wrapping for kitchen and toilet roll, breakfast cereal bags.

Soft plastics can now be placed in your recycling bin as of 6 September 2021. This change is due technology advancements at recycling facilities. It should lead to an increase in recycling rates in Ireland and help us meet our national recycling targets.

Tins & cans (washed dry): Soup cans. Pet food cans. Drink cans. Food cans.

All items should be dry, clean, and put in the recycling container loosely.

What can you bring to a facility for recycling?

Many items can be accepted by recycling centers. It is worth checking with your local center as there may be some variation in the items they accept.

To avoid contamination, clean all materials. Before recycling. Most items are recycled:

  • Glass bottles, jars and vases – you can recycle the lids/caps separately
  • Paper (newspapers, magazines, telephone books, office paper, junk mail, comics & light cardboard )
  • Drinks cartons (for milk, juice etc.)
  • Aluminium (soft drink, beer cans, foil)
  • Plastic bottles, cartons
  • Food tins: Fruit, vegetables, pet food
  • Plastic bottles tops and metal lids
  • Textiles (clean clothing, bed linen, towels and coats).
  • White goods include washers, dryers (cookers, dryers), dishwashers, refrigerators, and dishwashers.
  • Batteries are also available at shops and supermarkets.

Items that are too dangerous to be recycled

  • Pyrex and crystal glass are used in television tubes, Pyrex and television tubes.
  • Porcelain, pottery and ceramic tiles
  • Carpets, rugs or cushions.
  • Waxed and laminated papers such as paper cups

Hazardous waste

Many household products are known to be potentially hazardous to the environment. These can include medicines, aerosols bulbs and fluorescent tubes as well as polishes adhesives, household cleaners drain cleaners solvents, weedkillers, fertilisers, and adhesives. You can take some of these items to your local civic center where they can be recycled and disposed of. The proper disposal of pharmaceutical drugs, medical waste and containers for drugs such as painkillers or syringes should be done at your local pharmacy. Some local authorities have mobile collection programs that allow hazardous waste to be collected at a central place. For more information, please contact your nearest authority.

Recycling symbols

The most widely used symbol for recycling products and packaging is mobius loop, which is made up of three arrows enclosed in a circular. This symbol indicates whether a product can be recycled, or has some recycled material.


Public recycling services are generally free. However, recycling centres and civic amenity facilities may charge extra for some items or larger quantities. You can check with your local centre. The cost of kerbside collection could also be part of your domestic waste charges. You should check with your provider.

Subsidized rates are also available from most local authorities for home composters.

Where to apply

Find out more about the kerbside collections available in your area by visiting the website for your local authority.

Repak can help you locate a recycling location.

Instead of throwing away unwanted items, consider donating them to a charity shop, selling them, or donating them to a buy-and-sell website or social media group. Learn more about other ways you can reduce waste.

What happens when you recycle items?


Lead acid batteries for cars, trucks or boats (or tractors) Plastic batteries contain dilute sulphuric and lead. The batteries are crushed and the acid is removed. After that, the plastic and the lead are dissolved and neutralised. The thermal process is used to recycle buttons batteries, which can also be used in hearing aids or computers. Rechargeable domestic batteries can also be recycled with a thermal process. The thermal process reclaims the nickel, cadmium and iron. The reclaimed Cadmium is used to produce new batteries. While the nickel and iron are used in making stainless steel,


To avoid contamination of glass, it must be sorted according the colour. It is crushed and then made into cullet. For the creation of new glass, cullet may be as high as 40% of raw material. This results is significant savings in the raw materials used and the energy needed to melt it.


You can easily dismantle your vehicle, remove all valuable materials and then crush it for smelting.

White goods for household use

It is possible to disassemble household appliances like washers, dryers and dishwashers. The ferrous metals and non-ferrous metals will be separated and the remainder disposed. There are specialist recyclers that can process more complex items, such computers and televisions. These recyclers are able to separate parts of the equipment and recycle or resell them. They may also refurbish entire systems in order to sell them.


Aluminium cans are one the most valuable forms of waste material. The aluminium foil can be recycled, including the heavy foil found in ready-to cook meals, take-out meals, and other meals. and the lighter tin foil’ that is used for cooking. To make aluminium foil and cans, melt the aluminum into ingots. The ingots can then be rolled and used to make other products.


It is possible to reprocess and resell used mineral oil (fuel oil, lubrication oil), as low-grade industrial fuel oil or industrial lubricant. This can be used to generate heat or electricity. Vegetable oils, like cooking oil, shouldn’t ever be combined with mineral oil. These oils can still be used in animal feeds and as fuel for adaptable cars. Some recycling centres are able to accept domestic cooking oils.


You must supervise paper recycling plants for fire safety. Newspapers, magazines as well as office paper, junk mail or light cardboard, phone books, greeting cards and diaries, papers bags, comics, and calendars can all be recycled. All collected paper is taken to paper mills. There, it is recycled into new papers.


The plastics industry has developed a system for labelling various plastic materials. This allows for easy identification and recycling. Most of the plastic containers in our homes are made from HDPE/LDPE/PET. PET (polyetheneterephthalate), is used in most containers for soft drinks. These bottles can also be recycled to make polyester linings. For fencing, garden furniture or flooring, you can recycle plastics.

Green waste

Home composting makes a great soil conditioner. You can recycle almost all of your garden and kitchen scraps. Some civic amenities offer composting services. They also sell the compost. Most Christmas trees can also be recycled by local authorities. They are shredded, and the shavings are used in landscaping.


Clothes and textiles suitable for resale are given to charity shops to sell. Clothes, textiles, and other items that are not suitable to re-sale will be recycled into carpet padding felt, machine-wiping clothes, or fibre filler for furniture.

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