Did you know you can recycle soft plastic, polystyrene, light bulbs and cooking oil?

Recycling is important but not always easy. Most of us have heard that we should only place paper, tins & rigid plastic into our recycling bin and have to put styrofoam and soft plastic items such as plastic bags or cling film into the black bin.

Did you know that you can actually recycle styrofoam, clean soft plastic, aerosol cans and other items, which usually go into the black bin, at our ‘Ballyogan Recycling Park’ free of charge? They just have to be clean to be recycled. Isn’t that great?

We checked with DLRCC Waste Management Section and they explained how they recycle the different types of plastic:

The reason soft plastics are no longer accepted in household green bins is that there is no longer a market for it. 

All plastics from Ballyogan Recycling Park are returned to Thornton’s material recycling facility in Park West where they are separated. Any non-recyclable plastic is shredded and used to produce SRF, solid recovered fuel, which is used as a replacement for fossil fuels in the production of cement at IPC licensed facilities such as Irish Cement and Lagan.

The only ‘Plastic wrapping’ which they don’t accept refers to food wrapping which is generally contaminated and not suitable for recycling.

They are currently reviewing which plastics are accepted for recycling at Ballyogan Recycling Park, however at the moment they accept everything listed below (as long as it’s clean).

Polystyrene is accepted too and will continue to be accepted for recycling.

All staff at the Ballyogan Recycling Centre are really friendly and helpful, ask them if you’re not sure about something.

They are open every day of the year:
Monday – Friday: 08.30 – 17.30
Saturday: 09.30 – 17.30
Sunday / Bank/Public Holiday: 10.30 – 17.30

Here is a summary of some of the items they accept free of charge, you can find more information about their services and all items they take at https://www.dlrcoco.ie/sites/default/files/atoms/files/brp_booklet_english_sept_2016.pdf

Paper – Newspaper, junkmail, magazines,
phone books, white paper
Plastic food wrapping (contaminated)
Cardboard – All cardboard packaging
Clean Plastic Packaging – Plastic bags,
Heavy duty wrapping, Yogurt cartons,
Butter tubs, Cling film, Bread and meat packaging
Biscuit, sweet, crisp
wrappers, plant pots,
potting trays
Plastic Bottles – Soft drink, shampoo
bottles, washing up liquid, solid milk
containers, other tough containers,
not easily torn, fruit and veg. packaging
Plastic toys, water butts,
composters, plastic oil
Aluminium Cans – Drink cansLiquids, food stuffs
Steel Cans – Including biscuit tins
Glass Bottles – Clear, brown and green
bottles and jars (blue glass can be mixed
with brown)
Pyrex, crockery, drinking
Textiles – Blankets, shoes, old clothes,
curtains, bed linen
Cushions, carpets, soiled
clothing, duvets, pillows
Tetra Pak – Milk, juice and soup cartons
Print Cartridges
YES – free of chargeExamples
Kitchen Appliances Washing machines, cookers, microwaves, fridge,
Light Bulbs Flourescent tubes, long life and filament bulbs
BatteriesCar batteries, mobile phone batteries, household batteries
Gas Cylinders Place all cylinders upright (domestic type only)
Fire ExtinguishersMust be discharged (domestic type only)
Waste OilsCooking oil, motor oil. No Petrol, Heating Oil or Diesel
Electronic and
Electrical Waste
Computers, monitors, printers, scanners, TVs, VCRs,
CD/DVD players, stereos, electrical tools
MetalsBicycles, scrap metal, radiators, petrol lawn mowers
Sheet/Plate GlassWindscreens, mirrors, stained glass, patterned glass, wired glass, double glazing (no frames). No Ceramics

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