Recycling centres in County Wicklow currently can’t accept soft plastics, despite a recent State announcement that soft plastics can be placed in household recycling bins.
Waste recycled in the Council operated recycling centres is baled onsite into high quality materials that are shipped directly for recycling or reuse, the council said in a statement.
“The Council does not currently collect materials for energy recovery/incineration,” they said.
“Wicklow County Council is reviewing the logistics of accepting this material into its recycling centres and is committed to finding the most environmentally sustainable route for all materials accepted.”
The council said that there is no timeline yet available on the subject.
Minister Simon Harris said that he has written to his colleague, Minister for Climate Action Ossian Smyth, to make an enquiry as to what additional resources can be put in place to speed up the roll out of soft plastics recycling in County Wicklow.
“It is vital that the people of County Wicklow have access to the recycling of soft plastics,” said Minister Harris.
Minister Smyth announced last week that soft plastic, including wrappers and plastic bags, can be disposed of along with “rigid” plastic,
This, he said, is due to advancements in technology at Irish recycling facilities.