About Us

Thorntons recycling is a family owned business established in 1979 by Pádraig Thornton and his wife Carmel Thornton

Thorntons Recycling
  • We are a One Shop Solution for all waste.
  • We are a value for money Irish Family business in operation since 1979
  • We serve over 77,000 customers each day with a premium value for money service.
  • We are proud that over 90% of the waste we process is recycled.
  • We employ over 500 staff.
  • Over the years we have invested over €80m in our facilities, processes, fleet and equipment.

Our Mission

  • Customer service has been and continues to be the main factor behind our growth and development. We have grown to serve over 5,500 commercial customers and over 77,000 household customers each day with a premium value for money service.
  • We are committed to providing a full range of Recycling and Waste Management services to meet our client's requirements.
  • We remain a family business involved in supporting the local communities we serve.
  • We believe in delivering on our promises, and we put our customers at the heart of our business.
  • We will continue to invest in our Brand and all that it stands for. We will continue to invest in our people who deliver our service to customers daily.

By investing in our facilities over the years we have increased our recycling rate to 92%



Killeen Road Materials Recovery Facility opened.

2001 - 2003


Wood chipping facility opened in Kill, Co. Kildare. Green Recycling bins introduced into Ireland. Skip Recycling line introduced at Killeen Road.

2004 - 2006


Dunboyne Materials Recovery Facility opened. Kilmainhamwood Compost Facility opened.

2009 - 2011


Solid Recovered Fuel Recycling process commenced at Killeen Road. Mixed Dry Recyclables (MDR) facility opened at Parkwest.

2013 - 2015


Brown Bin Compost Collections introduced in Meath and Wicklow. More optical sorting equipment installed at MDR Facility in Parkwest to increase recycling. Further investment in Solid Recovered Fuel Process.



In 2021, Thorntons Recycling proudly unveiled the revamped Killeen Road Materials Recovery facility. This state-of-the-art refit propelled our recycling and recovery rate to an impressive 92%, underscoring our commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Our Values

  • Customer Service

    Our customers are our number one focus and we provide then with a value for money service.

  • Innovation / Investment

    Heightened technology and skilled people.

  • Personal Initiative

    We believe in the power of individual action.

  • High performing teams

    We expect the best from our staff and we continually invest in their development.

  • Diversity

    We respect and value people’s differences.

  • Quality

    All of our services and processes are compliant with International Standards 9001, 14001, 15713, and 45001.