Tesco Ireland has partnered with Irish manufacturing company Paltech to recycle materials such as coloured soft plastics for the first time.

According to Kari Daniels, CEO of Tesco Ireland, soft plastics cannot currently be recycled using the kerbside infrastructure in Ireland. 

"We're proud to be the first retailer to provide a recycling solution for soft plastics in Ireland.

"We're particularly proud to partner with Paltech, an indigenous start-up, as we seek to address the recycling of soft plastics within Ireland," said Ms Daniels.

Using Paltech technology, Tesco Ireland said that soft plastics will be processed into construction materials to be used for new stores, in store maintenance and refits including buildings, car-park barriers and signage.

Tesco Ireland also announced that instore collection points will be rolled out to all 151 stores by next month, so customers can remove unwanted soft plastic packaging - such as cling wrap or outer wrap from water bottle multi-packs at the end of their shopping trip.  

It said customers can also leave behind hard, recyclable plastic packaging, such as multi-pack fresh produce packaging, which will be recycled as normal.