Consumer FAQ

Is It Ok To Have Your Personal Information On Papers And Documents When They Are Being Recycled In A Recycle Centre?

When the contents of the household recycling bin arrives at a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) for sorting the truck empties out everything. All this recycling is then pushed through a mechanical and manual sorting process. Paper gets separated from the other materials and arranged into bales.

Paper with personal information on it isn’t separated out for shredding. Both Repak and the recovery operators recommend shredding or ripping up paper with personal information before placing it in your recycling bin.

Can I Place Plastic Bags In My Household Recycling Bin?

Yes. Please make sure they are clean and dry first.

Can I Put The Metal Lids Of Jam Jars And Other Glass Jars Into My Recycling Bin?

You can indeed place the steel lids from jam and other glass jars in your household recycling bin. Please just make sure they are clean and dry. You can put other steel items in as well such as food tins, biscuit tins and empty aerosol* cans (just make sure they are empty and the lids are off)

*Please check that this material is accepted by your own individual waste contractor before placing into your Recyclables bin.

I Have A Virtually New And Unused Single Bed And Mattress Which Nobody Wants And Nobody Wishes To Take Away. Do You Have Anybody Who Would Collect And Dispose Of This?

There are a few of options available to you.

You can take the bed to your local recycling centre and they will recycle it for you. You can find a list of recycling facilities on

Or you can contact a charity and ask them if they would like it. Some charities will collect it from you, but you will need to ask them.

There are also sites such as Dublin Waste , FreetreIreland and where you can advertise the bed for free.

How Do I Recycle White Plastic Folders That I Have In The Office?

Generally these types of folders are not accepted for recycling in the usual collections systems. This is because they are a mix of cardboard, plastic and steel. Collection systems are set up to accept each material on its own and not mixed with other materials. We suggest you contact your contractor and ask them if they will accept them. You can find a list of contractors here. Also, contact your local recycling facility to see if they will accept them. You can search for your local recycling centre on

Can I Recycle Polystyrene?

Polystyrene is fully recyclable and can be recycled at your local recycling centre. To search for your local recycling centre visit our recycling facilities search page

Aero board is made from polystyrene, which is a form of plastic. This means that it can by recycled, but needs to be recycled in the correct way. You will be able to bring it to your local recycling centre for recycling.

In My Supermarket I Noticed A Sign Saying That As Members Of Repak They Did Not Have To Take Pack Packaging For Recycling. Why Is This?

Repak is a producer responsibility scheme that funds packaging recycling. We fund packaging recycling by receiving fees from our members, such as supermarkets. The membership fees they pay us is based on the amount and type of packaging they place on the market. Members include Tesco, Microsoft and Green Isle Foods.

Repak then takes this money and pays a subsidy to local authorities and recovery operators to collect, sort and recycle recyclable materials from household recycling bins, bottle banks and recycling centres throughout the Republic of Ireland.

So by being a member of Repak, supermarkets and other members have already paid towards the recycling of the packaging it places on the market and therefore is not obliged to take it back. This is a feature of membership of Repak. Any member does not have to take back packaging.

Can I Recycle My Glass Perfume Bottles?

Yes, you can recycle your glass perfume bottles. Once the glass is clear, green, brown or blue it can go into the usual glass bottle bank. You can leave the spray pump and lid on as these will get crushed and sorted out in the recycling process.

Any blue bottles can go into the green glass bank.

Frosted bottles are ok to be recycled aswell.

Any other colours such as pink, red etc can’t go into the usual glass bottle bank and will need to go into the general refuse bin.