Yoghurt Pots

Soft plastic isn’t recyclable - so frubes and the lids of yoghurts must go in the regular rubbish bin. Rigid plastic yoghurt tubs are recyclable, if clean and dry and put loose in the recycling bin. Some yoghurts allow you to remove the outer paper card and recycle that along with the cleaned tub.

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Plastics - Clean, Dry and Loose

Rigid plastic containers are recyclable in Ireland but they must be clean and dry and placed loosed n the recline bin. You don’t need to have it spotless, or bone dry, but it does need to be washed - otherwise the food waste will just contaminate the recycling bin.

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Shampoo Bottles

There are many items in our bathrooms that can be recycled. If it’s rigid plastic, and contains no metal springs, then just be sure to rinse out the empty product and bring it downstairs to the recycling bin. Or better yet, have two bins in your bathroom and collect your recycling there.

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Tampons

Tampon applicators and wrappers should not be flushed down the toilet. It's estimated that, every year, over 45 billion products related to periods, including tampons, pads and applicators, are thrown in the garbage. And tampons make up a large part of that weight. The Ocean Conservancy collected 27,938 used tampons and applicators on beaches around the world in a single day in 2015. Moon cups are a sustainable alternative. Here’s a list called the Dirty Dozen - items that are repeatedly flushed down the loo when they shouldn't be, https://www.water.ie/wastewater/issues/think-before-you-flush/

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Rubbish

Soft plastics includes all the usually chocolate bar wrappers, nets for fruit and veg, crips bags, bread bags, bin liners and so much more. Basically, anything you can scrunch up in your hand and doesn’t hold it’s shape. Right now in Ireland, soft plastic is not currently recyclable so you need to put it into your regular rubbish bin.

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Tube Style Packaging

It is almost impossible to get these kinds of tubes completely clean so they are therefore not recyclable. However, the lids normally are. If you want, cut the tube in half and scoop out the last of the product, rinse it clean and then recycle it.

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Food Waste

One in three bags of food we buy gets thrown in to the bin, uneaten in Ireland. Food waste should ideally be placed in a BROWN BIN so that it ends up in an industrial composter where it will be put to a new use. If food waste ends up in landfill it will create methane gas and that is a major contributor to climate change.

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