All plastic packaging including soft plastics can now be placed in household recycling bins.
The move is expected to make it easier for households to recycle plastics and cut the country’s export of plastic waste.
Green Party Wicklow TD Steven Matthews said: “I had calls from all across Wicklow when the recycling bring centres stopped taking this waste material but because of Green Party Minister Ossian Smyth’s intervention and upscaling of our Circular Economy objectives, soft plastics are no longer a waste but are now a recyclable and reusable product.
“The difficulty with soft plastics is that they are made up of many different types of polymers and identification and separation is extremely difficult. This meant that the plastics were classified as waste and were mostly exported or diverted to incineration.
“This intervention will significantly reduce Irelands export of plastic waste, it will improve our recycling targets and create further jobs in waste management and the recycling industry.”
Deputy Matthews said everyone should aim to reduce their waste, rather than recycling, but acknowledged this can be challenging due to plastic wrapping on goods.
“We will continue to work with the packaging industry to incentivise and support them in their move to reduce single use plastics,” he added.