As of this week, soft plastic packaging can be put in household recycling bins along with hard plastics, cardboard, paper and other waste.
Soft plastics include plastic wrap on products, plastic labels, bubble wrap, sweet wrappers, crisp packets and plastic carrier bags.
All waste collection companies are now accepting this waste once it is clean, dry and loose when put it in the bin.
Dr David Styles, a lecturer in environmental engineering in the University of Limerick, told The Journal that while the soft plastic recycling is “not bad and a step in the right direction”, there is “still a long way to go”.
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