No business or individual lives in a vacuum…

and there is a delicate ecosystem where consequences for one’s actions can impact other parts of the supply and demand chain. We all have a responsibility to educate ourselves on the benefits of successful plastic recycling, not least because of ambitious EU targets which will dramatically shape our relationship with waste.


It has been estimated that Ireland currently recycles 42% of all plastics.

Reaching the EU target of 50% by 2025 will be a significant challenge unless everyone plays their part.

A key component of addressing this imbalance is increasing awareness of effective recycling and promoting sustainable models of waste management such as the circular economy.

As a closed loop company, and one of the leading voices proactively engaging with the community to promote sustainable action, our actions often speak louder than words. For example, we recycle over 10,000 tonnes of waste plastic recycled annually. We manufacture bags and sacks from our own recycled plastic.

That being said, it is important that our voices are heard

reaching out and encouraging others to improve their own relationship with waste. Our wealth of experience extends to parts of the community where we feel obliged to help others on their journey.

Shabra support local school recycling competitions and accommodate school tours of the facility, helping to educate our future leaders of the importance and benefits of recycling.

Glossary of Terms

The following glossary is designed to increase understanding of some of the most frequently used terms associated with a sustainable and eco-friendly economy.

A term which describes meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own collective needs.

A model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing, reprocessing and recycling existing materials and products for as long as possible.

The process by which a product or material is used, recycled and turned into a new product (or converted back to raw material). An example is when plastic is reprocessed and the recyclate produced is used to manufacture another product in the same product category.

A recycling process whereby recycled materials are converted into both new raw materials and waste product.

A term used to describe a raw material sent to, and processed in, a waste recycling plant or materials recovery facility.

The production and discharge of something, especially gas or radiation, into the atmosphere.

Something produced typically in an industrial or biological process in addition to the principal product.

Heralds the final stages of a product’s existence.

The amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organisation, or community.

A holistic and integrated system and process for the generation, storage, sorting, recovering, reprocessing, recycling and disposal of waste products.

The handling of a good or product as it moves through five stages of its lifespan, from development to decline.

An economic system that works to regenerate capital assets, i.e. goods and/or services that are required for, or contribute to, our well-being.

Resources that can be replenished to replace the portion depleted by usage and consumption.

Reuse discarded objects or materials in a way that creates an end-product that exceeds the original product in either quality or value.

The process to generate energy in the form of electricity and/or heat from the primary treatment of waste, or the processing of waste into a fuel source.

A set of principles focused on waste prevention that encourages redesigning resource life cycle to ensure optimisation and reuse of all products.

End of waste is a process to facilitate the recovery or recycling of waste for use as a resource, to directly replace the use of raw materials.

What can be recycled?

This is a common question from many of our clients so we prepared the following graphic to help break down which items can be safely recycled.

Newspapers, books, magazines, egg boxes, food boxes, toilet roll tubes, pizza boxes.

Plastic bottles, plastic tubs, containers and food trays, yoghurt pots, soap, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel bottles.

Bubble wrap, crisp packets, sweet wrappers, plastic product wrapping, frozen food bags, plastic shopping/carrier bags.

Drink and food cans, pet food cans, biscuit tins, aluminium trays, aluminium foil, beer bottle lids, metal jar and bottle lids.

Local WEEE drop off points should be used.

Local clothes banks or charity shops should be used.

General waste with the exception of Nespresso Coffee pods which can be recycled.

Local WEEE drop off points should be used.

Smaller cuttings can be placed in a food waste bin.

Local bottle banks should be used.

General waste.

Use a local drop off point.

General waste.

General waste.

General waste.

Not suitable for residential recycling bins.

General waste.

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