Repak says Amazon is a notable exception

Ireland is generating over 10,000 tonnes of packaging waste from online shopping per year, according to a new Repak report.

This is the equivalent to the size Carlow would generate in packaging waste per year.

The recycling body says it costs over €500,000 per year to collect and recycle this packaging - a cost it says is "being unfairly" borne by Repak members.

It says some international online retailers are "abusing" the system, by dumping over 10,000 tonnes of material.

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But it says Amazon is showing leadership in the area - and is in the process of joining Repak to financially support the cost of recycling.

It's calling on other online retailers - such as Ali express, Missguided, Boohoo, Pretty Little Thing and Screwfix.ie - to help too.

Repak says at the current rate of growth, the volume of packaging entering the country will exceed 100,000 tonnes by 2031.