Plastic Waste Facts

Did you know:

Approximately 99% of plastics are made from non-renewable resources such as oil, gas, coal

Single-use plastics are made to be disposed of after one use (e.g. lid of a coffee cup)

Most plastics do not biodegrade (break down naturally), but instead photo-degrade, meaning that they slowly chip into smaller and smaller fragments, known as micro plastics

On average an individual in Ireland produces 61 kgs of plastic waste per year – that’s the largest plastic waste per person in the EU.

Our role as community

The task we face on tackling plastics waste is huge and in GAP we feel that working together at a community level is an effective way to tackle this problem.

To support this we have created the Community Plastics Toolkit to support you in taking action on plastics waste. Download the toolkit now by filling out the form below


Development of the toolkit is supported by the Community Foundation Ireland


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Dublin 9,
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Registered number: 346806. Charity Number: CHY 15448. Charity Regulatory Number: CRA 20053338.

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