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  • Moving Day Tips: Disposing of Rubbish When Moving Out of Your Student Accommodation

    Moving Day Tips Barna Recycling

    As the exams season and the academic year draw to an end, students are getting ready to head back home for the summer months. However, we at Barna Recycling know that moving in and out of rented student accommodation can be a daunting task. Students often bring back unnecessary items and waste that will never be used again. To avoid this, it’s advisable to do a complete clear-out of your student accommodation before leaving.

    We understand that disposing of rubbish can be confusing, especially if you’re unsure of the correct methods. Additionally, figuring out what to do with books, exam papers, and notes you no longer need can also be challenging. You might also be wondering how to dispose of cans, glass bottles, traffic cones, election posters, and other items you may have collected throughout the year. So, instead of bringing all the waste back home in your car, why not do a complete clear-out of your student accommodation? You’ll be surprised how much clutter you can accumulate over the academic year.

    To make your moving day hassle-free, we have compiled some of our top tips and tricks for students and parents. These tips will not only help you dispose of your waste properly but also make the process quicker and more efficient. With our tips and tricks, you’ll be able to dispose of everything in an eco-friendly way and ensure a smooth and stress-free moving day.


    How can I dispose of my rubbish?

    When moving out of your rental accommodation, it is difficult to know which waste items from your home clear out would go into your usual waste bins and what shouldn’t. You want to leave the property as clean as possible as it was when you moved in. This Newsletter will provide valuable tips and tricks for students and parents.


    Moving Day Tips For Students

    Disposing of old books & papers: If you have old college books in good condition, you can donate them to the college library or request the student’s union to sell them on your behalf. Alternatively, you can pass them on to someone who has signed up to do the same course/subject in the upcoming academic year. If the books can’t be reused, you can put old books in your recycling bin.

    Glass Bottles: If you need to dispose of glass bottles, visit your nearest bottle bank. However, make sure they are washed, dried, and separated into brown, clear or green glass.

    Cans: once washed can go in your recycling bin too.

    Clothes, Bedding & Mattresses: Any type of old clothing, footwear, or textiles, including blankets in unusable condition, can be brought to your local civic amenity sites to be disposed of at a reduced rate. Alternatively, clothes in usable condition that you no longer want can be given to siblings or friends, brought to a charity shop or your nearest clothes bank.

    Electronic Waste Disposal: You can bring unwanted electrical waste, more commonly known as WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), such as Computers, Monitors, Mobile Phones, Electronic Toys, Game consoles, Speakers, Headphones and electrical appliances to your local amenity site to dispose of it free of charge. Check out our blog to find out more about disposing of WEEE items.

    Kitchen Items: If you have kitchen items that are in good condition but do not need to be kept, a charity shop would only be delighted to receive them.


    How Parents Can Help

    • If helping clear out their student accommodation, come prepared with a bucket load of patience, rubber gloves, cleaning items and black bags.
    • Help them to decide what items they want to keep and what needs to be thrown out.
    • Have a rubbish bag prepared for general waste and one for recycling.
    • Try and decide what they want to do with the bulky items first, such as bedclothes, pots and pans, kettles etc. If they are being dumped or recycled, it will save quite a bit of space in the car. If they are being kept, then it will help them to see that there is little room left in the car and to be stricter about what they are keeping.
    • Encourage them to go through clothes and dump anything that is well-worn or has holes in it (provided it’s not the good jeans with rips at the knees!)
    • To make the process fast and efficient, while the student is sorting through their room, you could be packing up items in the kitchen and cleaning out their presses.
    • Encourage them to recycle or sell any old books, notes, clothes, or other useful items, such as a bike, before the moving-out date.
    • If the kitchen items are in good condition but do not need to be kept, a charity shop would only be delighted to receive them.
    • Many charities often have collection points or van pickups at universities, so make sure to ask or enquire about these services if suitable.


    Take Advantage of Your Local Civic Amenity Site

    Barna Recycling’s purpose-built Civic Amenity Sites will assist you greatly when moving out of your home. We have seven civic amenity sites across Connacht for your convenience, where you can dispose of a large variety of non-hazardous and recyclable household waste at a reduced cost. Visit our website to find out where your nearest recycling centres might be located.

     Here are some of the benefits of using one of our civic amenity sites:

    • They are cost-effective and cheap to use.
    • Accept a wide range of items, including hazardous materials.
    • They are clean, local, and easily accessible.
    • Open on weekends to make them more accessible to all.
    • They are well laid out and marked for each waste material.
    • Cater for small and large deliveries in the exact location.
    • Provide WEEE and Glass Bottle services free of charge.
    • Cater for small and large deliveries in the exact location.

    The items accepted will vary for each of our civic amenity sites. Please be sure to call in advance or check our website for the complete list of items accepted at your nearest centre. The charges for the items you bring to the respective civic amenity centre will be based on the type of vehicle you have, not the quantity or weight of the waste items themselves.

    Our Barna Recycling team are always on hand at our civic amenity sites to greet you on arrival, assist you with drop-offs, and provide you with advice and information about recycling and waste disposal.

    Alternatively, you can choose to hire a skip, which also makes throwing away rubbish much quicker and easier. At Barna Recycling, we have skips of all sizes for all purposes, so you can be sure we will have one to suit your needs and requirements– have a look at our helpful skip sizing guide for more information.


    Don’t let unnecessary waste and clutter bog you down during your move. Let us help you make your moving day a breeze with our expert advice and guidance. If you would like more information on where to dispose of certain items or order a skip, give us a call today on 091 771619.

  • What Can Be Put In A General Waste Bin?

    Spring has finally come, and we can’t wait for the first glimpses of summer. If you are like us, you would agree when we say now is the perfect time to declutter and organise your homes inside out for the summer months. However, as you declutter your home, you might often wonder which waste items from your home clear out can be put in a general waste bin and which items cannot.

    To help you get your home ready for summer, we have outlined a few tips and key information about what goes in the general waste bin. We have also outlined where to dispose of items that can’t be put in a general waste bin and how to dispose of other more oversized items that won’t fit in your household bins.


    What Goes Into Your General Waste Bins

    Generally, the black bin is for any waste items that you CANNOT put into your recycling or organic bins, such as:

    • Nappies
    • Ashes (Must be cooled and tied in a bag to reduce the risk of fire and dirtying the bins)
    • Tin Foil
    • Aero board
    • Contaminated & Wet Paper
    • Non-recyclable plastic
    • Food wrappers

    It’s also important to remember NOT to include any kind of liquids in your general waste bin and ensure you separate the packaging to segregate out the food waste and recyclable materials such as envelopes, milk cartons, and newspapers. This way, you are saving costs, maximising space, and making sure that you are not overloading your general waste bin.

    The waste in your black bin is collected by Barna Recycling and processed to recover any recyclables. The remaining non-recyclable fraction is then sent for landfill disposal with energy recovery.


    Items Not To Go Into Your General Waste Bin

    • Paint cans – You can bring them to a local Civic Amenity Site
    • Clothes – Clothes can’t go in your waste bin but can be brought to a clothes bank or charity shop.
    • IT equipment and electrical goods – More commonly referred to as WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), all electrical goods retailers must be registered as a producer of WEEE and will take back your old electrical equipment free of charge when you buy new goods.
    • Batteries – You can bring used batteries back to shops. Many supermarkets have drop off points to recycle batteries.
    • Glass – Should be washed and brought to your nearest bottle bank.
    • Duvets – Can’t be disposed of in your waste bin, but they can be brought to your local Civic Amenity Site.
    • Bulky waste items – Old furniture, couches, mattresses, tables, and large household appliances that have seen the end of its useable life can be brought to a local civic amenity site near you.


    Disposing Of Large Items That Can’t Be Put In Your General Waste Bin

    Hiring a Skip

    You can consider hiring a skip for larger items that can’t be disposed of in your general waste bin, which makes decluttering your homes much easier. At Barna Recycling, we have skips of all sizes, so you can be sure we’ll have one to suit your needs and the space available to you – check out our handy skip sizing guide here.


    Benefits of hiring a Skip

    Here are top 3 benefits of hiring a Skip to dispose of large items:

    • You can keep the skip as long as you require it.
    • You have the convenience of not having to take large, awkward items in your car to the Civic Amenity Site.
    • If you are a Barna Recycling customer, you can get a discount if you order a skip from us. All you need is to have your Barna Recycling Account number handy.


    Items that can’t go in a skip are as follows:

    • Hazardous Waste: A significant rule that is often forgotten is that hazardous waste should not go in a skip. It can leak and contaminate other recyclable materials.
    • Asbestos: If you come across asbestos during a renovation project or a home clear out, this must be dealt with by a team of specialists and not put into a general skip.
    • Appliances: Other items that we find cause great confusion is around electrical items, especially large household items. Refrigerators, freezers, microwaves & cookers should not go in a skip but instead be brought to a Civic Amenity Site.
    • Oil or paint cans & Tyres
    • Solvents, fuels and batteries
    • Chemicals, flammable materials
    • Household waste includes food scraps, soiled nappies, and sanitary items.
    • Liquid Concrete


    Find out where your nearest recycling centres might be located. If you have any questions on skip hire, do not hesitate to contact a member of our skip hire team at 091 771619.

  • Optimising The Management Of Your Household Waste Disposal

    Using the appropriate tools can help you optimise the management of household waste disposal. And understanding the needs of our household customers, we have developed a mobile app to smooth household waste disposal management while providing professional, reliable, and environmentally friendly services. 



    Benefits of Barna Recycling Household App


    Benefits of Barna Recycling Household App 

    Barna Recycling household app features go beyond simply allowing you to see your bin collection history. Here are five key benefits of having Barna Recycling household customer app on your mobile.


    1. Receive collection reminders

    Never miss a collection day anymore. Sometimes we can get caught up in our busy daily routine and forget it’s collection day or what type of waste will be collected. Barna Recycling household app sends you reminders about the collection, helping you to keep up with the calendar and avoid waste clustering.


    2. View your collection calendar

    Have easy and quick access to your collection calendar at any time. Our household waste collection calendar helps you sort your waste and organise bins for the collection day.


    3. Account Support

    Need to sort out any issues or ask questions about your Barna Recycling account? Our household app also allows you to contact us and get account support without having to make any calls. Our customer support team will answer enquiries about your account, bin collections, and payment issues.


    4. Pay & top up your account and view account transactions

    You can use our Barna Recycling household app to top up your account and pay your bills online. The option ‘Snap Pay’ allows you to pay your Barna Recycling bill safely with a click of a button. You can also view all your account transactions and keep up with your balance. 


    5. Monitor the weight of the waste disposed

    Avoid excessive weight charges. With Barna Recycling’s app, you can monitor the waste disposed of and ensure you don’t exceed the maximum weight per bin of 50kg. 



    Have Access To Your Barna Recycling Account 24/7

    Enjoy the ease of accessing your Barna Recycling account and take advantage of all our app’s benefits. Download Barna Recycling app today and enhance the management of your household waste disposal.

  • Barna’s Top 3 Tips For More Efficient And Effective Bulk Waste Disposal


    Still unsure how to manage bulk waste disposal? You are not alone. Large waste items can be classified as “Bulky Waste” as they are items that cannot fit in your general waste bins (e.g.: furniture, bedding) and always tend to take up too much space in your home. Here at Barna Recycling we often get asked by customers what to do with these bulky waste items.

    In this blog, we have outlined our top three tips to help you get rid of those large items and have a more efficient and effective bulk waste disposal.


    What Can Be Considered Bulky Waste

    Bulk waste disposal can be confusing when you are not sure about what is considered part of this waste category. So, first, let’s have a look at some of the common bulky waste items:

    • Couches
    • Chairs
    • Tables
    • Mattress

    Interesting fact: Around eighty percent (80%) of most mattress’ components can be recycled

    • Old furniture, such as wardrobes and bed frames
    • Large household appliances, such as fridges, freezers, washing machines, and dishwashers
    • TVs


    Top 3 Tips For Bulk Waste Disposal


    Tip 1: Why not try upcycling?

    If you’re still in love with your old furniture and want to get the maximum use out of it, you could always try to upcycle them where possible to create something entirely new. Upcycling is also a nice way to spend your weekends by getting your creative juices flowing. Besides, chances are you could end up creating something spectacular that you can advertise to sell and make some money.

    Need some more convincing? Check out MyWaste.ie’s video content around upcycling and selling items.


    Clothes Recycling - Donation

    Tip 2: Donate to Charity

    Before you dispose of your bulky waste in the trash, if it’s in good condition, you could always donate it to a local charity. There are several charities around the country that are willing to collect old but clean and functional furniture from your home and bring it to those in need. The Irish Charity Shops Association website will help you to find the nearest charity shops near you.

    Be sure to check in advance if the charity shop accepts furniture and large items.


    Tip 3: Civic Amenity Sites

    If your bulky item has seen the end of its useable life, and you feel the only feasible option is disposing of the bulk waste, you can always bring them to your local civic amenity site near you. However, an extra charge would apply for disposing of bedding and mattresses.

    A member of the Barna Recycling team will meet you on arrival at the civic amenity site to identify the contents you want to dispose of. Our experienced and helpful staff will advise you and direct you towards where the materials should be put on site.

    On some days and at some sites, there are people to help you with the unloading of materials, but this isn’t always the case. If you need help, you can always give us a ring to let us know in advance, and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.

    Remember, we also accept Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) free of charge. For more info on how to correctly dispose of WEEE click here.


    Efficient And Effective Bulk Waste Disposal With Barna Recycling

    Get the most out of your visit to our civic amenity sites and make your bulk waste disposal more efficient by planning ahead.

    See more information about our Civic Amenity Sites and view the list of items they accept.

  • Top 7 Tips On How To Reduce, Reuse And Recycle At Home After The Holiday Season

    Reduce, Reuse And Recycle At Home

    The holiday season is the most awaited time of the year when we can relax, rest, and enjoy family time. However, during this period, waste volumes increase due to more grocery shopping, the giving and receiving of gifts, decorations and more. Thinking of how we can be more sustainable in 2023, we have highlighted top seven tips on reducing, reusing and recycling the holidays’ waste at home.


    1. Household Bins

    Ensure you maximise the space in your bins by breaking down waste before you put it in. This is especially important for the recycling bin. Cardboard boxes and packaging can quickly take up a lot of space, so be sure to break down bulkier items. Remember that overflowing bins or items left out beside your bins may not be taken away.

    As a safety precaution, we always advise our customers not to leave boxes of expensive items, such as new TVs or game consoles beside their bins as this may encourage theft. If you do not have space for such boxes, bring them to your local civic amenity site, or store them in a shed or garage until you have sufficient room to put them in your bin.

    If your bin is overflowing well in advance of your collection day, call the Barna Customer Care Team on 091 771619 to discuss your options. 


    2. Christmas Trees

    Real Christmas trees can easily be recycled or shredded into chippings and used in parkland areas. Artificial Christmas trees cannot be recycled but can be reused and donated to family, friends, or a local charity shop. If these are not possible, you can bring your artificial Christmas trees to a civic amenity site to dispose of. Find your nearest civic amenity site here.

    An artificial Christmas tree is seen as a bulky waste item. It can be brought to your local civic amenity site (except our civic amenity site in Clifden) to be disposed of. Our civic amenity sites will also accept real Christmas trees. Find out more ways on how you can recycle or replant your Christmas tree.

    A cool fact to know is that if a household reuses a plastic tree for up to five years, it’s carbon footprint will be smaller than a household that buys a real tree every year.


    3. Decorations & Baubles

    reduce reuse and recycle decorations at home

    When taking down your decorations, some items may be broken and need to be disposed of. Often items that are deemed to be single-use items can be used again, so before you dispose of everything, take a minute to think if this could be used again next year. It is best to sort through your decorations as you are taking them down. Please note that any electrical items that contain a battery must also have the batteries removed before being disposed of or for safety reasons.

    Items such as tinsel that can’t be used again can be placed in the general waste bin. Fresh wreaths can be put into your compost bin once you take off any non-compostable materials. Broken glass baubles need to be brought to the bottle bank, and lights and electrical appliances that no longer work can be brought to a WEE disposal site. Any decorations wholly made of metal should be brought to your local civic amenity site.


    4. Holidays Cards

    It is safe to place the holiday cards you received in your home recycling bin. These may not be recyclable if the card contains glitter or any bulky designs. Any plastic, paper or cardboard design materials are recyclable. Still, if it contains excess glitter, ribbons or homemade cards that contain glue, these cards must go in the general waste bin.


    5. Wrapping Paper

    The most important thing to note is that not all wrapping paper is recyclable. Any wrapping paper containing glitter, foil, or tape will have to go in the waste bin. The ribbon also goes in your general waste bin – or you can save it and reuse it again for wrapping presents next year.

    Try and save any reusable pieces of wrapping paper and store them safely for next year. Save any gift bags that can be used again next year too. But be sure to take off any name tags from the bag!


    6. Toys

    Plastic toys can be brought to the civic amenity site. If the toys are in good condition, they can be brought to your local charity shop or donated to family and friends.


    7. Batteries and Chargers

    Hazardous battery waste

    Batteries are still important for controllers and children’s toys. However, they cannot be disposed of at home. You must bring them back to where they were purchased or to a civic amenity site. Electrical items such as chargers also need to be disposed of correctly. They need to be returned to where they were purchased or brought to a WEEE drop-off recycling point or your local Civic Amenity Site to be disposed of. Click here for more information on how to dispose of WEEE the right way.


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