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Plastic Recycling

The plastics challenge

Plastics have been utilised in many diverse ways for the benefit of packaging, products, tools and storage. There is also a great challenge in how to manage their end of life by diverting used plastics from disposal and preventing negative environmental impacts.

The plastics challenge

Plastics have been utilised in many diverse ways for the benefit of packaging, products, tools and storage. There is also a great challenge in how to manage their end of life by diverting used plastics from disposal and preventing negative environmental impacts.

Present challenges

Over 280,000 tonnes of plastic packaging are generated nationwide, every year, and rising. At present, most recycling that is collected in Ireland gets exported to various countries around the world for repurposing. With diminished options to international recycling facilities, solutions need to be found by every nation to its own waste production.

Recycling demand in Ireland

AES Bord na Móna has identified an indigenous need for plastics recycling in agriculture, industry and residential. Our long-term plan is to initiate solutions that could both recycle our waste in Ireland, and create local employment opportunities.

Recycling demand in Ireland

AES Bord na Móna has identified an indigenous need for plastics recycling in agriculture, industry and residential. Our long-term plan is to initiate solutions that could both recycle our waste in Ireland, and create local employment opportunities.

New recycling facilities

Recently AES Bord na Móna has begun plastic recycling in Ireland by repurposing a former briquette factory. We have reopened the Littleton factory in Co. Tipperary, in partnership with Chinese recycling specialists Sabrina. Initially, this will recycle farm plastics and will expand to other types of plastics in the near future.