Cooney alleges that Repak, which is under the remit of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, collects €350,000 each year from co-ops and suppliers of agricultural products, but that less than 10% of the money collected is used to support recycling in the sector.

“In reality this money is not being used for its intended purpose,” Cooney said. “Farmers are not getting an adequate service and are instead having to pay higher prices at bring-centres organised by other agencies to have their packaging materials recycled.”