Athlone

  • Barna Waste accepts all plastic, including hard trays and bottles, regardless of number .
    Their rule of thumb is if you pull the plastic and it stretches like a plastic bag or shrink wrap they they will accept it, likewise if it's a hard product like a tray they will take it.
    They say that clean material are essential as contaminated material will smell once in transport especially if going a long way.
  • For bottle recycling, Barna mainly use bottling plants such as Shabra in Northern Ireland, JFC in Ireland or Jayplas & ECOplastics in England.
  • Barna split HDPE from PET on their line and sell them that way, tendering them out when they have enough. These plants can also handle the fruit trays, butter tubs etc although they have a much smaller value. Items such as plastic bags, wrapping are exported through brokers either into Europe or the Far East to be made back into soft plastic products. Bread bags are two typed, there is the plastic bag which is fine it can go in and will be recycled with the rest of the coloured soft plastic and the low grade paper wrapping can also go in and that, although a low grade paper with only a small bit of fibre can still be recycled as paper. Some people don't handle the lower grades because the more mix you have the more sorting required but at the moment we can handle it and there is an end market for it. Some of it has a very low or zero value but as long as there is an end market Barna takes it.
  • Note, that Barna says Tinfoil is a nuisance as it contaminates other metal such as cans because the magnets pick it up and it's a very hard product to move. Items such as bottle caps, corks etc are just to small to pick on a moving line when other materials are there and therefore the line is set-up to take them out at the front end. Some of the material is recyclable but it's not practical in the current set-up we have mainly because of size.

Waterford

  • Waterford City Council plastic recycling is similar to others in that it does kerbside collection of grade recyclable1 & recyclable2 plastic. The recovered plastic is sent to Cherry Polymers in Northern Ireland, they say they will have one of the only closed loop recycling plants when it is completed in early 2010. Their core business is plastic pipe manufacturing, in which they extrude HDPE storm water and surface water drainage systems from reprocessed HDPE. See their site for some information on what happens to the plastics they receive.
  • Mr Binman processes it's own waste and sends most of its plastic to AWS Ecoplastics in the UK and are currently in discussion with Cherry Polymers also.