WATCH: First national standard list of recyclable items unveiled

A new awareness campaign is also being launched over the next year

WATCH: First national standard list of recyclable items unveiled

This 2012 file photo shows a Greyhound waste collection in Dublin | Image: Sasko Lazarov/

The Government has published the first ever single, national standard list of recyclable items.

The Department of the Environment says this will eliminate the confusion that currently exists around what goes into a recycle bin and the materials that should not.

Minister Denis Naughten says: "Whether your home is in Letterkenny or Listowel, Roscommon or Rathmines from today I am pleased to announce that, for the first time ever, we now have a single, standard national list of items and materials that can be placed in the recycle bin.

"Removing confusion will play a huge role in improving the quality of the material that goes in the recycle bin.

"This will help to ensure that these items are actually recycled, as opposed to being contaminated accidentally by householders and sent to landfill.

"The list of suitable material is now simply paper, cardboard, rigid plastics, tins and cans."

However a number of items have been excluded from the national list.

These include disposable coffee cups, plastic bags, soft plastics - such as wrappers - and paper towels.

While glass does not go in the household recycling bin.

The guidelines say it should be collected and placed in glass/bottle banks.

In order to get the message out to the public, a new campaign has been lanched.

Minister Naughten adds: "Over the next year, under the 'Recycling Ambassador Programme' 650 local workshops will be held involving community groups, sporting associations and people in the workplace.

"The intention is to directly engage with 15,000 citizens on how to recycle correctly and for those ambassadors to spread the word to family, friends and colleagues."

See the full list here, while more information is available here