You can take it to recycling facilities or use a collection kerbside (if possible). For organic waste you can use a composter or kerbside collection. Many recycling facilities can also take bulky organic waste.
There are three types if permanent recycling facilities available: bring banks, municipal amenity sites, and recycling centres. Each Christmas tree is collected at temporary locations by local authorities. Repak or mywaste.ie can provide you with information about what is available in your region.
Bring banks are unstaffed collection sites for recyclable materials such glass bottles, cans of drinks and cans. Some bring banks have clothes-recycling bins.
While they are similar in function to bring banks, civic amenity websites can take more items. They are designed for specific purposes, have staff, and operate during set hours. They accept paper and cardboard, plastic and glass bottles as well, as cans of drinks and food tins. Some will also take garden waste and Christmas tree trimmings.
There may be home composting bins that can be purchased at some civic amenity locations.
Also, recycling centres can be staffed and gated. They are not able to accept heavy items. They aren’t custom-built and usually reside in sites such as local authority warehouses.
There may be home composting bins that they can sell or give advice to staff.
Recycling waste collected at the curbside is often called a ‘green box’ collection. The following recyclable materials are available: plastic bottles, glass bottle, drink cans (including food tins), newspapers or magazines, and cardboard
Most areas now have separate bin collections that collect food and organic material. It is commonly known as a ‘brown container’ collection.
Composting can be described as the breaking down of organic material, such garden waste or kitchen scraps by organisms. This creates an earth-like mass which can be used to condition soil. Composting is possible for most garden waste as well as much of the kitchen waste. For more information, see our document on composting. If organic materials are not accepted by the centre, you can also use the ‘brown’ bin. Many local authorities will sell composting bins for their homes at subsidised prices.
The following items can be put into your household waste collection bin:
Paper and cardboard: Brochures, letters, brochures (flattened), cardboard boxes (flattened), cardboard centers from toilet paper and kitchen roll. Newspapers. ‘Tetrapak’ cartons to juice or milk
Rigid plastic (washed with soap): plastic beverage bottles, plastic cleaning cups, butter and yoghurt tubs and plastic trays to hold fruits and vegetables.
Soft plastic (washed/dry),: food bags, bread wrappers. plastic shopping bags. bubble wrap. crisp wrap. pasta bags. outer wrapping on kitchen. toilet rolls. breakfast cereal bags.
Soft plastics are now included in the recycling bin list as of September 6, 2021. This is due in part to the technological advancements at recycling plants. It should improve recycling rates in Ireland to meet our national recycling target.
Tins or cans (washed in cold water): soup cans.
All items should have been washed and dried thoroughly before they are placed in the bin.
What can be brought to a recycling facility
There are many items that can be recycled. Because there are many items that they accept, it is important to check with your local centre.
To avoid contamination, make sure all materials are clean. Before recycling. The most frequently recycled items include:
- Glass bottles and containers – You can reuse lids/caps separately
- Paper (newspapers/magazines, telephone books or office paper, junk mail and comics as well light cardboard)
- Drinks cartons (for milk, juice etc.)
- Aluminium (soft drink cans, beer cans) and foil
- Plastic bottles and cartons
- Food tins (fruits and vegetables, petfood)
- Plastic bottle tops, metal or aluminium lids
- Textiles (clean clothes and bed linen, towels as well as coats and jackets)
- White goods: Washing machines, dishwashers. Dryers.
- Batteries are also available in shops or supermarkets.
Items that cannot go for recycling
- Pyrex glass, crystal glass and television tubes.
- Porcelain, pottery, stone and ceramic tiles
- Carpets, rugs cushions or mattresses
- Waxed or laminated papers, like paper cups
Many household products have substances that can cause harm to the environment. These chemicals include medicines and aerosols, as well fluorescent tubes and bulbs. Some of these items may be brought to a civic convenience centre where they will be recycled, disposed of or used. It is best to return any containers, such as those for pharmaceutical drugs, as well as medical waste (such painkillers) and syringes (such surgical gloves or syringes), to your local pharmacy. This will be able dispose of them properly. Some local authorities offer mobile collections that allow hazardous waste to go to a central point. For more information contact your local authority.
The mobius Loop, which is three arrows in an arc, is the most common symbol of recycling on products and packaging. This means the product is either recyclable or has some recycling content.
Services for recycling are usually free to the public. However, certain items or large quantities of recyclables may be subject to charges by local recycling or civic centers. There may be a fee for kerbside collection – ask your service provider.
Home composters are often available at subsidised rates by most local authorities.
Where to Apply
For more information on kerbside collection locations in your community, visit the website of your local authority.
Repak’s search tool, check mywaste.ie and check the site of your local authority will help you locate a recycle facility.
Instead of throwing your unwanted items out, you might consider selling or donating them at a shop or on a social media site. You can learn more about other ways of reducing waste.
What happens with recycled items?
Lead acid batteries (from cars and trucks, boats, tractors etc.) The batteries are made of plastic and contain dilute sodium and lead. The recycling process involves the crushing of the batteries and neutralizing the acid. Finally, the plastic is compacted and baled to be recycled. A thermal process can be used to recycle button battery (cameras as well as hearing aids, calculators and computers). Thermal processing can also be used to recycle domestic rechargeable battery (mobile and cordless phone, laptops, power tools, and cordless appliances), which recovers cadmium. The reclaimed Cadmium can be used as a raw material to make new batteries. The nickel and iron will be used to make stainless-steel.
To avoid contamination, you must sort glass according to its colour. It is crushed to make ‘cullet. Cull can represent up to 40% in making new glass. This translates into significant savings in raw material and energy used to melt the glass.
Vehicles can be taken apart, removed of valuable materials, and crushed for smelting.
White goods for domestic use
There are many household appliances that can be dismantled, including washing machines, dryers dishwashers and microwave ovens. The ferrous as well as non-ferrous materials are separated and disposed of. There are also specialists who can deal with more complicated items such as computers or televisions. These recyclers can separate pieces of equipment for resale, or recycling valuable materials. They may also rehabilitate entire systems for resale.
Aluminium cans make up one of the most useful waste materials. Aluminum foil can also be recycled. This applies to both heavy foil from take-away meals or ready-to eat meals. Both the heavier ‘tin’ foil used for cooking is recyclable. Aluminium foil and baled cans are melted to create ingots that are then rolled before being used in cans and other products.
Reprocessed waste mineral oil (fuel and lubrication) can be re-sold to make low-grade industrial oils or boiler fuel oils. It can also be used to produce heat, electricity and both. Vegetable oils should not be mixed in with mineral oil. These oils may be cleaned and used as animal feeds. Some recycling centres can accept domestic cooking oil.
Fire safety precautions require that paper recycling facilities are supervised. Newspapers, magazines magazine, office paper, light cardboard and telephone books can all be recycled. Recycled paper goes to papermills.
The plastics industry uses a code to identify different plastic materials and help with recycling. Most plastic containers that you find in your home are made out of HDPE/LDPE/PET. PET (polyetheneterephthalate), makes up the majority of soft drink containers. These bottles can be shredded to create polyester linings that can be used in sleeping bags, pillows, and quilted jackets. Recycled plastics are great for flooring, fencing, garden furniture, bumpers, plastic bags, and pipes.
Vermeidens green waste
Home composting is an excellent soil conditioner. It can also be used to recycle garden and kitchen waste. Some municipal amenity centers provide composting services. The compost can then be sold. Many local authorities will also recycle Christmas trees. They are shredded and the shavings can be used for landscaping.
Clothes or textiles that are suitable are donated to charity shops. Clothes/textiles that are not suitable are recycled into carpet, machine-wiping and furniture filler.
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