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Our members are committed to a sustainable future

View a full list of Repak Members here.

Repak has over 2,310 members. These members help fund packaging recycling in Ireland.

Since Repak was established in 1997, our members have collectively contributed over €400m to the recycling industry and have:

  • Helped recycled over 1 million tonnes of plastic packaging since 1997
  • Diverted over 10.1 million tonnes of packaging recycling away from landfill in the last 20 years
  • Helped reduce the number of landfills in Ireland from 126 to 3 today
  • Helped achieve 91% recycling and recovery of all packaging waste
  • Helped fund a recycling bin outside over 1.2m Irish homes
  • Fund the 1,800 bottle banks around Ireland and fund the 118 civic amenity sites across the country

Through our Prevent & Save programme, Repak works with our member’s to help them reduce packaging at source.

Here’s some of the ways in which we’ve helped our supermarket’s with their commitments to a sustainable future in Ireland.

  • Full category review carried out within Repak’s Prevent and Save Programme to identify opportunities to reduce plastic use and increase the recyclability within that category.
  • Lidl are currently reviewing their overall plastic packaging footprint across all categories to:
    • Reduce plastic footprint.
    • Increase recyclability by using single polymers where possible.
    • Increase the amount of sustainability sourced renewable packaging such as paper and board.

  • We worked with Musgrave Group in the fruit and veg category. This involved a brainstorming session to look at where Musgrave were in terms of reduction opportunities as well as options to increase recyclability.
  • Total packaging reduction across fresh produce and meat saw Musgraves remove more than 22 tonnes of packaging.

 

  • Repak have worked with Tesco and its meat supplier in 2018 through the Prevent & Save programme and are currently investigating opportunities to
    • Increase the quantity of its meat packaging that can be captured for recycling (eliminating soak pads, black to clear trays, etc.)
    • Reduce packaging in the supply chain where feasible.
  • This project is ongoing.

 

By 2022 Aldi aim for 100% of all own-label packaging to be recyclable, reusable or compostable.

  • By 2025 it aims to achieve 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging across all products.
  • By 2025, it aims to reduce packaging by 50% (relative to 2015 baseline).
  • By 2025 it aims for 50% of its packaging to be made from recycled material.
  • Publicly report on its packaging reduction progress annually starting in 2019.
  • Educate customers on the importance of waste reduction (reduce, reuse, recycle) through its community programme.
  • It is committed to working in partnership with other retailers to reduce its dependence on plastic.

 

View our members’ environmental commitments and achievements