We've listed all the materials in your home that can be recycled. Simply print this article out and keep it in your kitchen as a handy reference.
- Junk Mail
- Plain Envelopes
- Phone Books
- Tissue Boxes
- Sugar Bags
- Computer Paper
- Used Beverage and Juice Cartons
- Milk Cartons
- Egg Boxes
- Holiday Brochures
- School Copy Books
- School Books (if they cannot be donated or reused)
- Paper Potato Bags
- Food Boxes
- Packaging Boxes
- Cereal Boxes
- Kitchen Towel Tubes
- Toilet Roll Tubes (Please remove any plastic inserts from cardboard boxes before placing into bin)
Aluminum & Steel Cans
- Empty Deodorant Cans (Plastic lid separate)
- Pet Food Cans
- Food Cans
- Biscuit Tins
- Soup Tins
Plastic Containers (Containers should be empty)
- Mineral Bottles
- Water Bottles
- Mouth Wash Bottles
- Salad Dressing Bottles
- Milk Bottles
- Juice Bottles
- Cosmetic Bottles
- Shampoo Bottles
- Household Cleaning Bottles
- Laundry Detergent Bottles
- Window Cleaning Bottles
- Bath Room Bottles
The below items can NOT be placed into the recycling bin:
- Nappies and Sanitary Products (including baby wipes)
- Food Waste
- Contaminated Packaging (greasy, dirty or with residue)
- Garden Cuttings / Soil
- Polystyrene (EPS)
- Liquids/ Oils
- Textiles – including clothes/shoes and home furnishings
- Dismantled Furniture
- Medical Waste
- Glass – bring this to your local bring bank
- Light Bulbs
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment i.e. anything that can contain a battery or a plug
- Some wrapping paper (do the scrunch test to be sure).
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- Recycle more items from the bathroom - shower gel, shampoo, detergent, cleaning agent bottles can all be recycled.
- Rinse any food or liquid residues from containers and remove any plastic / metal inserts.
- Remove inner packaging and flatten cardboard containers to help with the recycling process and to save space in your bin.
- Do not put food waste or other compostable materials (such as soiled pizza boxes) into your recyclables bin, these materials should be placed into your compost bin.
- WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment – anything with a battery or a plug) can contain hazardous components and should not be placed into any household or business premise bin.
- Clothes or shoes should not be placed into your recycling bin, instead bring them to charity shops or dedicated clothes banks for recycling.
- Batteries should not be placed into bins. Batteries must be recycled appropriately and can be placed in battery boxes located in any shop that sells them.
- Know the correct collection day for your area – to ensure recyclables don’t build up and end up in the wrong bin.
For more information visit MyWaste.ie