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Our members are committed to a sustainable future

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