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Recycling involves preventing the disposal of materials that are considered to be waste and making them into new goods. Many materials that are disposed of in the dustbin can be recycled or reused in some way. Ever wondered what you could do to help the environment? Here are some top tips that'll save you money as well as making Ireland a greener place.

  • Buy a water filter
    If you buy lots of bottled water, you should think about buying a water filter. It will save you money and stop those piles of plastic and glass bottled mounting.
  • Buy energy-efficient items
    Energy labels help you to make a more informed choice when buying an appliance by allowing you to easily compare the energy consumption of different models. Energy efficient appliances will save you money and are less harmful to the enviroment.
  • Buy products in the largest size you can use
    Look for products that have less packaging, or buy in bulk. You can also buy items with packaging that can be reused or recycled.
  • Buy things recycled goods, which can be reused
    Before you shop think. Choose glass before plastic for drinks, cosmetics, sauces etc. Buy loose fruit, vegetables, meat and cheese. Avoid non-recyclable polystyrene trays. Try go for reuseable and disposible items over cheap products.
  • Charity shops
    Donate your old clothes and other products to charity. Give unwanted toys, furniture, books etc to charity shops or jumble sales. And teach your children the value of thrift. Check out your local yellow pages for list of charities etc
  • Compost! Make or buy a compost bin.
    Composting is the natural decomposition of yard and kitchen wastes. The end result is a valuable soil amendment for home use. get more tips on composting from more »
  • Don't litter
    Most of us claim it's our number one environmental problem, yet too many of us admit to doing it. So next time remember a discarded cigarette butt takes 12 years to decompose. And a plastic bottle is believed to literally never break down.
  • In the work place, remember to reuse
    Use both sides of each piece of paper -- for note taking or printing documents from your computer (at home or work). Create note pads by stapling together once-used paper. Any paper that has been used, instead of throwing it away, recyle it.
  • Library
    Pick up books from your local library or used book store. The library is also many times a great place for finding magazines, CDs, books-on-tape, and videos.
  • Old Tyres
    You can make a tyre-swing out of old tyres or alternativly make a hanging basket. Old tyres can be given to your local petrol station where they are recycled. When tyres are recycled, they can be used as radical rubber flooring. has been made possible by the support of Dublin City Council © 2016