Repak survey – Do you know what goes in what bin?

Recycle bin / Recycling near meAn eye-opening survey from has uncovered that only 30% of Irish people know how to recycle correctly. This knowledge gap is undermining our recycle efforts. This untapped awareness is an alarming yet exciting opportunity to bolster our community’s green thumb—turning a potential crisis into a catalyst for change.

Unveiling the Knowledge Gap’s findings serve as a wake-up call to the nation. Only about one-third of Irish residents can confidently assert an understanding of the recycling process. These statistics are a sobering reality check and anopther reason why our country’s recycle rate continues to lie still at 60%. They underscore the harsh truth that many of us may not be as ‘green-literate’ as we think.

Repak survey – The Numbers that Speak Volumes

Out of the nearly 2,500 residents surveyed:

  • Just 30% reported feeling confident in their understanding of recycling.
  • Only 52% correctly identified which items belong in the recycling bin versus those destined for landfill.
  • A staggering 17% admit to never reading recycling information, illustrating a disinterest in improving their knowledge.

How do we fix this issue?

Get to know what goes into what bin. Educate yourself on what does not go into recycling –

  • Coffee pods
  • takeaway coffee cups
  • kitchen roll
  • batteries

Remember: Clean, dry and loose 

In conclusion, by bridging the knowledge gap in recycling, we pave the way for a greener, cleaner, and more conscientious future.