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  • How To Reduce Household Waste Disposal In Your Bathroom


    When it comes to reducing household waste disposal, we find that bathroom waste often gets overlooked. However, we all use toiletries, personal care items and bathroom cleaners daily, which makes our bathroom packed with recyclables! 
    If you take a minute to examine your personal care, beauty, and general hygiene routine, you might be surprised to find that often there is more waste in your bathroom than anywhere else in the house! From shampoo bottles, shower gels, soap packaging, disposable razors to bathroom cleaners and toilet rolls, the list is endless. And most importantly, you need to know how and where to dispose of your waste correctly. 
    Below we have outlined some handy tips and techniques for creating a low-waste, eco-friendly bathroom and reducing household waste disposal.


    Start Reducing Your Household Waste Disposal By Decluttering & Reorganising 

    Firstly, I am sure you will agree with us when we say the fewer products you have in your bathroom, the less waste you will produce. So, here is how to start reducing your household waste disposal: 

    • Occasionally, dedicate time to reorganise and rearrange all your cosmetics, toiletries, and personal care items, to know what you need and use regularly and keep them easy to reach. 
    • Dispose of the items that you do not need and the ones that have expired 


    Shopping Smart Is Key For Reducing Household Waste Disposal 

    Many cosmetics, toiletries, and even toothpaste tubes often come with excessive plastic packaging and cardboard boxes, including those that say are eco-friendly products!  Try to avoid purchasing these products if you wish to reduce your household waste disposal.  

    • Opt for products that come with sustainable, biodegradable, or compostable packaging materials, corrugated bubble wrap, biodegradable foam beads and more. 
    • With boxes or bubble wrap, it is always a good idea to reuse them where possible. 


    Use Biodegradable Products 

    • Looking to reduce your household waste disposal of plastic? Instead of tossing out used plastic combs or brushes, make the switch to a biodegradable bamboo or wooden toothbrush/hairbrush. You can find wooden and bamboo combs and brushes that are all natural, biodegradable, and very stylish! 
    • Switch to using soap bars and shampoo bars to eliminate the use of plastic bottles completely, dramatically reducing household waste disposal of plastic. This is way more eco-friendly and cheaper when compared to liquid soap, shampoos and shower gels that come in plastic containers and non-recyclable plastic pumps. 
    • When it comes to makeup or skincare, it is quite common to use up cotton pads per day and throw them after use. Instead, switch to using washable cotton makeup removal pads, which can be washed along with your regular laundry. Several make-up brands, in fact, reward you for recycling their old products which might be worth looking into. 
    • To create more impact, look for organic, palm oil-free soaps made from natural ingredients without any animal testing and comes with compostable packaging. 


    Know What You Can Recycle In Your Bathroom And Dramatically Reduce Household Waste Disposal 

    Are you looking for ways to reduce household waste? The good news is that a LOT of your bathroom waste items can in fact be recycled. Here is a list of that can (and should) be recycled from the bathroom: 

    • Shampoo, conditioner & shower gel Bottles 
    • Toilet roll tubes 
    • Hand soap bottles (reuse or remove the pump dispenser as you cannot recycle it) 
    • Cardboard boxes, e.g., toothpaste or soapboxes 
    • Bathroom cleaner and bleach bottles 
    • Deodorant lids 

    Note: Items like nappies, toilet rolls, wipes, and cotton wool CANNOT be recycled and would have to be disposed of in the general waste bin (black Barna bin) 

    All items being recycled must be clean, dry, and loose. So be sure to rinse out any bottles and containers before popping them in the recycling bin. You can also check What Goes in My Blue Bin if you are unsure of items that you can recycle. 

  • Ways To Dispose Of Your Garden Waste

    As temperatures are starting to climb and our green fingers are out, it’s important to consider and understand what garden waste items are recyclable and how best to dispose of garden waste.

    Below we look at each item in detail, along with some excellent tips that you might want to follow to manage your garden waste.

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    What is ‘Green’ Garden Waste?

    Green Garden waste is decomposable and consists of leaves, flowers, grass, weeds, tree bark and pruned branches, clippings and twigs, home-grown fruit, or vegetables. – mywaste.ie

    Your disposal options are:

    • Composting – Composting at home is probably the best method of garden waste disposal. It is a fantastic way to get the final use of your organic garden waste, as compost is rich in nutrients and great for your garden, shrubs, or even indoor plants. Here is a helpful guide to get you started
    • Grass Reycling – When mowing the grass in your lawn, you can choose to leave the grass clippings on the ground to decompose naturally. Once on the ground, the grass clippings become dry and decompose quicker, returning valuable nutrients like nitrogen back into the soil.
    • Brown Waste Bin – You could also dispose of your green garden waste by putting it in the brown Barna bin.
    • Civic AmenitySsites – Alternatively, you can bring large volumes of your green garden waste to our recycling centers at Ballinasloe, Carrowbrowne and Cartrontroy Athlone.


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    Garden Chemicals / Liquids 

    Garden chemicals and liquid waste in your garden would include things like weed killers, petrol/fuel for your lawnmower, pesticides and herbicides, fertilizers, and some plant foods. It is essential to know how to store and dispose of these items correctly. Some of these items can be hazardous and can be very harmful to the environment.

    Here are Barna Recycling’s recommended tips on safely disposing of these items:

    • Always try to use Garden Chemicals in full as opposed to having to dispose of leftovers. Be sure to get in-store advice on how much you need beforehand so that you are only buying as much as you need and not overstocking/overusing.
    • While purchasing these items, consider the recyclability of the packaging and see if environmentally friendly alternatives are available.
    • When storing these items, be sure to retain all original packaging and labelling, so you are aware of any expiry or use-by dates, which will assist in disposing of the item correctly.
    • ALWAYS remember liquids of any kind should NOT be included in your general waste bin.
    • ALWAYS remember NOT to mix chemicals for disposal under any circumstances, no matter how small the quantity. This can lead to the emission of toxic gases, which can be highly lethal and could lead to hospitalization.
    • Alternatively, you can also check with your local civic amenity sites to see if they accept the chemical items as part of their hazardous waste services. Please be sure to check our website for the complete list of items accepted at your nearest center.
    • If the civic amenity site cannot take the item, contact a specialist hazardous waste company who may collect the item from you directly.

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    Old Swing Sets And Garden Furniture

    If you have an old garden swing or garden furniture still in working condition, you could consider selling it, passing it on to someone else or donating it to local charity shops. If they require disposal, you can bring them to your nearest local civic amenity site. Most wood, metal, and plastic furniture are all widely accepted and recycled at civic amenity sites.

    If you have large volumes of garden waste or are undertaking bigger garden projects, where you are completely redoing your lawn, landscaping, cutting or removing hedging, then hiring a skip would be the right option for you.

    You can order a skip by calling our skip team on 091-771619 or enquiring through our website www.barnarecycling.com and our team will advise you on sizes and prices available.

  • Ways To Recycle Food Waste

    With National Food Waste Recycling Week just gone by, it is the perfect time for households to rethink and reduce the level of food waste generated in their homes. 
    Food waste is transformed into renewable energy and fertilisers for agricultural use. Every tonne of food waste recycled instead of ending up in landfills can prevent about half a tonne of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. (Source: mywaste.ie) 
    We at Barna Recycling would like to use this time to encourage and help all our customers to implement better ways to recycle food waste through our waste management tips and techniques, which will help households save money and reduce environmental impact. 

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    Types of Food Waste 

    According to the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment (DCCAE), there are three types of food waste thrown out: 

    • 60% is Avoidable food waste– Plate scrapings, leftovers, gone off fruit and veg and passed its date perishables 
    • 20 % is Potentially Avoidable food waste– things like bread crusts, potato skins 
    • 20% is Unavoidable food waste– general rubbish such as banana skins, eggshells, and chicken bones 

    Paying some attention to the food we waste and making minor changes to how we manage our food daily can help make a massive difference to our overall food waste and manage carbon emissions. 

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     Top Tips to Minimising Food Waste 

    Below we have outlined some of our top tips to help your household minimise and effectively manage food waste. 

    • Having an organic/food waste bin in your kitchen makes it easier to manage your food waste. You can use this bin to dispose of vegetable peels, eggshells, bones, leftover seeds, etc., while cooking and after. This bin, once full can be emptied into your Brown Barna Recycling Bin. Food waste in the brown bin gets treated and turned into compost. 
    • Paying attention to food waste: Many of us repeatedly waste the same foods. If you’re putting food in the bin, take a second to ask yourself – ‘Why did this end up as waste?’ once you know what foods you are wasting the most and why, you can identify simple actions you can take to avoid food waste.  
    • Try to reuse and re-consume as much as possible: As much as possible, try not to toss out any leftover food in good condition. You can always store that leftover lasagne you had for dinner in the fridge and reheat it again for lunch the next day.  
    • Get Creative: Try making an alternative dish with food almost near its expiry date. For example: Use leftover fruit to bake buns, cakes, crumbles, or other desserts. Bread that is going stale can be used for French toast, to make bread and butter pudding or as croutons for soup or salad. You can make hash browns or patties with leftover mashed potatoes. Click HERE and explore some fantastic recipes. We promise it won’t be long until you have a new favourite dinner! 
    • Plan your meals Creating a meal plan for the week and meal prepping in advance can help you save time and get the most out of your produce. 
    • Shopping Smart: Be sure to check your fridge and cupboards in advance and list all the items you need before heading to the supermarket for your weekly or monthly grocery haul beforehand. Sticking to a list will ensure you effectively manage waste by reducing consumption and buying less. 
    • Home Composting Composting at home is one of the best methods to dispose of food waste. As compost is rich in nutrients and great for your garden, shrubs, or even indoor plants. It is an excellent way to get the final use of your leftover food. You can have a read of our helpful composting guide here. 

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    Benefits of a Food Waste Bin 

    Having a separate bin for food and organic waste (brown bin) is highly recommended for individuals and households. Using a kitchen top caddy lined with a compostable liner is one of the most effective ways to manage food waste efficiently and has many benefits, such as: 

    • It helps you be more conscious of food wasted  
    • Minimises the amount of food waste created  
    • The food waste in the brown bin can be composted to be used as high-quality fertiliser for soil 
    • The food waste can also be processed into renewable energy such as biogas which can be used to generate electricity 
    • Reduces your overall carbon footprint and saves money 


    Barna Recycling’s Brown Bin for Food & Organic Waste

    The Barna Recycling Brown Bin is specially designed for kitchen and organic waste. The waste in this bin is taken to our purpose-built composting facility with the capacity to manage 40,000 tonnes of organic waste annually. Here the waste is processed into compost for use as a natural, high-quality fertiliser for use by farmers and horticulturalists. 

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    Watch this video from mywaste.ie on How to Separate your Food Waste 


    What Can Go into My Brown Bin? 

    • Food Waste (Meat, Fish & Poultry cooked & uncooked) 
    • Leftover food 
    • Bread & Cereals 
    • All types of Pasta/Rice/Noodles 
    • Coffee Grounds and Filters 
    • Dairy – Cheese & Yogurts 
    • Fruit & Vegetables (Rotten & Peels) 
    • Tea Bags/ Tea Leaves 
    • Egg Shells Paper Towels/Napkins 
    • Organic Garden Waste 

    What Cannot Go into My Brown Bin? 

    • Glass 
    • Metal 
    • Cans 
    • Clothes & textiles 
    • Oils 
    • Plastic Containers, wrappers, and bags 
    • Nappies 

    Visit our website to view the complete list of items that can and cannot be put into your Brown Barna Recycling Bin. For more information on reducing your food waste, contact a member of our team on 091 771619. 


  • Barna Recycling’s Complete Moving House Checklist: Student Edition

    With finishing exams season and the academic year ending, it is that time of the year again where students move back home for the summer months. At Barna Recycling, we understand that moving out can be very hectic especially when you are living in rented student accommodation.

    A frequent practice by students is to bring home unnecessary waste and items that they will never use again after the academic year is over. So instead of having to bring all this waste back home in the car, it’s a good idea to do a complete clear-out of your student accommodation.

    Below we provide some of our top tricks and tips for students and parents owners that will help you on moving day! Sometimes it is difficult to know where you can dispose of your rubbish, what to do with any books, exam papers and notes that you don’t want to see the sight of again. You are probably wondering where to put all the cans, glass bottles, traffic cones, election posters or any other mysterious items you may have collected throughout the year.

    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 the 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.


    • 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, textiles including blankets in unusable condition can be brought to your local civic amenity sites to be disposed off 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.
    • Electrical items: 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 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.

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    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 the bed clothes, 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 on 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.

    Get to Know 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 here for more information.

    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.

  • Barna Recycling’s Easy Guide to a Spring Home Clear-out

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    With summer sunshine truly underway, we are all enjoying the current spell of good weather. If you are like us, you would agree that now is the perfect time to declutter your homes inside out to enjoy the summer months. However, you might often wonder what waste items from your home clear out would go into your usual waste bins and what shouldn’t.

    In this article, we have outlined some tips and key information to help you understand what can and can’t go into your waste bin and how to dispose of oversized items that can’t fit in your household bins.

    So, what can go into your General waste bins?

    • 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

    Check out our blog on top tips for waste awareness & disposal for more detailed information.

    Items that cannot go into your General Waste Bin

    • Paint cans – You can bring them to a local Civic Amenity Site
    • Clothes can’t go in your waste bin but can be brought to a clothes bank or charity shop.
    • IT equipment and electrical goods are more commonly referred to as WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)– You can find out more about disposing of WEEE items at our blog.
    • 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.

    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 so 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:

    • You can keep the skip as long as you require it. *Please be advised that a weekly rental charge may apply
    • 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

    For more information on skip hire, do not hesitate to contact a member of our skip hire team on 091 771619.


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