What to recycle

Tips & Hints

Tips For Using Your Dry Recycling Bag

  • Only materials mentioned on the yes list should be placed in your Recycling Bag.
  • All materials should be clean, dry and compressed where possible.
  • There is no need to separate the different materials using additional bags.
  • Please do not overload the bags – 12 kg (26 lbs) max.
  • In the interest of Health and Safety UCC is not collecting glass Separate glass bins will be provided in certain areas, please call us to enquire. If we don not provide glass collection in your area please take your glass to your nearest bottle bank.
  • Bins contaminated by materials NOT on the YES list or wet, dirty material cannot be recycled.


What can I put in my Recycling Bag?

YES to:

  • Clean Mixed Paper, Newspapers, Magazines and Brochures
  • Clean Cardboard
  • Washed Drink Cans (Aluminium)
  • Washed Food Cans (Steel)
  • Washed Tetrapaks (Milk & Juice Cartons)
  • Washed Plastic Bottles/Containers 

NO to:

  • Clothes & Shoes
  • Glass
  • Food/Green Waste
  • Wet/Dirty Waste
  • Sanitary Waste
  • Polystyrene / Foil
  • Contaminated Food Packaging
  • Bin Liners/Black Bags/Plastic Bags
  • Tea Bags


Reduce Waste

  • Proof documents on the computer instead of printing numerous drafts.
  • Use dual-sided copying whenever possible.
  • Route or post general information such as memos.
  • Use e-mail.
  • Purchase long-lasting products.
  • Re-evaluate quantities needed for reports and publications.

Reuse supplies

  • Use a reusable mug instead of disposable Styrofoam or paper cups.
  • Reuse file folders and corrugated boxes.
  • Use the back of used paper or obsolete forms for scratch pads and drafts.

Items that can be recycled

Glass bottles and jars (some bring centers recycle plate glass or windows)Paper (newspapers, magazines, telephone books, office paper, junk mail, comics and light cardboard)Paper; laminated or waxed papers (for example, paper cups) and beverage cartons (for example, Tetrapak, milk or orange juice cartons).Aluminum cans (soft drink and beer cans, foil)Plastic (drinks bottles, detergent bottles, carrier bags, cling film, bubble wrap, yogurt and butter cartons)Food tins (fruit, vegetables, pet food)Plastic bottle tops, metal and aluminum lids Batteries (lead acid, nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, lithium/lithium ion and all household primary, power pack and mobile phone batteries)Green waste (see items that can be composted)Textiles (clean clothes, bed linen, towels, coats and jackets)Waste tiresWaste oil (mineral and vegetable oils)CarsWhite goods (washing machines, cookers, dryers, dishwashers, fridges)Other household electrical appliances (kettles, toasters, computers) Wood (without nails)

Items that can be composted

Teabags;Coffee grounds; Egg cartons; Grass cuttings; Hedge clippings; Weeds Old plants and garden cuttings; Vegetable wastes; Fallen leaves; Fruit and vegetable remains; Crushed egg shells; Newspapers; Light cardboard

Items that cannot be recycled.

Crystal glass; Pyrex; television tubes; opal glass; (that is, alcohol bottles where a large amount of foil is glued to the bottle) and car windscreens; Porcelain; pottery; stones and ceramic tiles; Lead foil (occurs on certain brandy bottles)Carpets and rugs; cushions or mattresses



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