What Can I Put In My Bin


The Green Bin Acceptance List

This list displays what can and what cannot go into your green bin:

Material that CAN go in green bin

Newspapers/General paper
Cardboard Packaging/Boxes
Drink (Aluminium) Cans
Plastic Packaging/Rigid Food Packaging/Margarine Tubs/Yogurt Containers
Washed Food (Steel/Tin) Cans
Washed Tetra-Pak Milk & Juice Cartons
Plastic Bottles (Mineral/Milk/Juice/Cleaning Products/Hygiene Products)

Material that CANNOT go in green bin

Green Waste (Garden or Food)
General Waste
Food Waste

Soft Plastics now accepted in your recycle bin



A soft plastic is any type of plastic that you can scrunch in your hand.


This item is categorised as a soft plastic and can be placed in your recycle bin.


Plastic items placed in your recycling bin need to be clean, dry and loose. This means there should be no food or liquids left on/in your plastic items, and you should place all the items loosely in the bin and not in plastic bags or stuffed into other materials such as boxes.

If you are unable to ensure this then the item should be placed in your general waste bin


Soft plastics are now accepted in the recycling bin due to advancements in technologies at recycling facilities in Ireland and access to new markets where this material can be processed.

General Comment / Tip

All of your soft plastics can go in the recycle bin, if the plastic types are currently recyclable and we have access to markets they will be sent to specialised, polymer specific recycling facilities. If they are not currently recyclable they will be sent for energy recovery through Solid Residual Fuel (SRF) production for cement plants.

Recycle Bin Helpful Hints:

  • Rinse all food & drink containers
  • Squash cans, boxes & cartons
  • Remove glossy magazine covers
  • Remove plastics & polystyrene from cardboard
  • Remove Aluminium lids & Plastic Caps from containers and place in the recycling bin separately
  • Larger pieces of cardboard can be flattened, tied and left on the side




The Brown Bin Acceptance List

This list displays what can and what cannot go into your brown bin:

Material that CAN go in brown bin

Leaves, weeds and mosses (not sprayed with weedkiller)
Dead plants and flowers
Grass and hedge cuttings (finger sized twigs)
Bread, pasta and rice
Meat, Fish, Poultry Bones
Out of date foods (no plastic packaging)
Tea bags, coffee grounds and paper filters
Fruit and vegetables (cooked and uncooked)
Food Soiled Paper Napkins/Paper Towels/Pizza Boxes
Eggs and Dairy products (no plastic packaging)
Bio-degradable bags

Material that CANNOT go in brown bin

Plastics of any kind
Food cans, drink cans, cutlery
Sweet and Crisp wrappers
Tin foil
Packaging of any sort
Newspaper or cardboard (except when used for wrapping or lining)
Household hazardous items – batteries, oils etc
Tetrapak and Cartons
Nappies/Sanitary Items
Dog and Cat Litter
Ashes, Coal or Cinders
Rocks, gravel, stones, clay, soil and stumps
Weedkiller or anything sprayed with weedkiller
Glossy paper or magazines











*** Only Bio-degradable bags can be used in your Brown Compost Bin ***


Compost Bin Helpful Hints:

  • Keep your compost bin in the shade
  • Wrap food waste in sheets of old newspaper to deter flies and control odours
  • Items such as leaves, straw, woody material (chipped) or dry grass help prevent odours