Ireland is one of the top countries in EU in recycling (42%) and has met all recycling targets to date and is on track to meet the 2020 targets. However, meeting 2025 EU target of 55% in just 5 years brings a big challenge.
EPA Report found that the 3-bin kerbside household collection system is somewhat effective in Ireland but could be a lot more effective if the majority of householders made a greater effort to segregate their wastes at home.
Average Irish Recycling Bin contains 26.3% of non- recyclable material and an Average Irish Food Waste Bin contains 8.25% of non-biodegradable material.
What is even more alarming is that Average Irish General Waste Bin contains 35% of recyclable material.
Commercial sector is even more alarming where commercial MDR bins contained 40% non-target materials and 73% of the materials in the commercial residual waste bin should not be there, as they should be recycled.
This article has some ideas and tips to increase recycling in your home, school and business.