The list includes plastic bottles and egg cartons – and excludes coffee cups and tissues.
THERE’S ALWAYS AT least one paper or plastic item that you can’t remember if you can recycle or not.
This makes things tricky on two levels – on an individual level, it’s confusing for people who want to reduce their household waste, and on a macro level, it means that recyclable items are being thrown in as waste when Ireland is trying to reduce its emissions.
So the government has decided to help people out by compiling a definitive list of recyclable items. This is the first single national standard list of items that you can recycle.
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten said that he hoped the list would remove the confusion and improve “the quality of the material that goes in the recycle bin”.
“This will help to ensure that these items are actually recycled, as opposed to being contaminated accidentally by householders and sent to landfill.