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  • Notice for Change of Collections!


    In order to catch up on the collections that didn’t take place last Thursday and Friday, our trucks are doing double shifts Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week. We hope to have most of the backlog cleared by Wednesday night. We will let customers know by text or email on the day prior to the collection taking place where possible.

    We thank you for your co-operation while getting the backlog cleared.

    Thank you for your patience,

    The Barna Recycling team.

  • What to do with confidential waste when working from home?

    2020 has brought about many new challenges for us all. One of the most topical has been the switch to working from home and the discussion around this new norm going forward.

    We have had several inquiries over the past few months about what our customers can do with confidential waste when working from home. Confidential waste refers to documents possessed by any company that can expose discrete information about suppliers, customers, or employees.

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  • How and why you should dispose of your waste

    Hands up if you have been buying online more and more in recent months? Many of us have switched our shopping habits to buying our groceries, clothes, shoes, toys and more online. Products bought online can be heavily packed with cardboard boxes, plastics, paper, bubble wrap and foam.

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  • The difference between recycling and upcycling

    Recycling has been a big buzz word for years now, across workplaces, schools and even in our own homes. With the European Union and Irish government encouraging us all to take better control of how we dispose of our waste, doing so more effectively and recycling the correct items.

    Upcycling is a newer term and is gradually being used more often. You are most likely to hear it referred to in conversations around home furniture or clothing, but most items can be upcycled.

    Benefits of Recycling and Upcycling

    Upcycling is simply a different type of recycling. The main aim of both is to reduce the volume of waste materials being sent to landfill or recovery sites each year. Making for a greener environment.

    The benefits include:

    • Save on energy resources
    • Reduces air pollution, water pollution & greenhouse gas emissions
    • Preserving natural materials such as wood, water, and minerals
    • Protecting wildlife and eco systems with reduced harvesting of raw materials
    • Job creation

    What is the difference?

    Upcycling is where you turn your waste items that are broken or no longer needed and improve their quality or create a new use for them. It is seen as a more sustainable solution and gives older items a new lease of life, ensuring their lifespans are extended.

    Recycling is the process of converting waste materials such as plastic, paper, glass, and metals such as aluminium and steel into new materials and objects. This is dependant on individuals ensuring they have recycled the correct items and that recycling bins are not contaminated.

    Should you choose upcycling over recycling?

    Recycling is a responsible method of managing discarded waste materials, but it does require energy to break down these recyclable materials. Once these items have been processed and broken down, they are then sold onto manufacturers to create new products.

    Whereas with upcycling there is no need for excess energy consumption, and it can be done at home, with few or no additional tools or costs. It also allows you to create one of a kind items, and who does not like to have something unique.

    So, upcycling does appear to have the upper hand over recycling.

    Upcycling Ideas

    • Books
      • Desk Organiser – All you have to do is take a stack of book pages, cut two circles, insert toilet role tubes, and use the circular spaces you have created to hold pens.
      • A Planter – Yes people are using old books for succulent plants. You simply open the book, hallow out the centre of the book, line it and get planting. The perfect accessory for a coffee table.
      • Picture Frame – Books can stand up on their own so why not make a unique picture frame. You can paint over a book or decorate it however you like. Simply cut out a ‘frame’ in the front cover and attach the picture to the inside of it.
      • Decoration – Take you favourite book, insert a piece of rope and hang your books from the ceiling to make a unique space for your home
    • Cd’s & DVD’s
      • Coasters – Decorate old disks into funky coasters.
      • Mosaic Style – You can easily create a mosaic style frame for pictures or mirrors, or you can even do so to flowerpots, candle holders, bird baths and more
      • Wardrobe divider – Create clear dividers for your summer and winter clothes by labelling a disk and inserting on the rail in your wardrobe.
      • Box- Upcycle an old wooden box by gluing broken pieces of cd’s to it, adding some texture.
    • Video & Cassette Tapes
      • Boxes/ holders – Create unique boxes or holders to hang on your office wall or sitting room.
      • Coffee Table – Some people have used their old video tapes to make unique coffee tables with storage.
      • They can be glued to create bookends.
      • Knitting – You can use these old tapes as a wool feeder while knitting to prevent tangling.

  • Managing Garden Waste

    This month’s blog looks at how you can manage your larger garden waste such as garden furniture, storage containers, gardening tools, outdoor toys, and hazardous materials. As we are nearing the end of the summer months and school is due to recommence soon, we often find that Barna Recycling customers are looking to dispose of such garden items that are broken and no longer needed.

    We had some fantastic summer sunshine in the earlier parts of the summer, which encouraged us to get outside and work on our gardens. Children also needed to be entertained during lockdown so new toys and garden gadgets were brought in to help keep them busy. Some of you may have had long serving garden tools and sheds that were due an upgrade and want to know for to recycle and or safely dispose of these large garden items.

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  • Safety Tips for Hiring a Skip

    One of the easiest and most cost-efficient ways of disposing of large amounts of waste is by hiring a skip. At Barna Recycling, we deliver skips to households and businesses for a wide range of waste materials. There are some important aspects to consider when hiring a skip, such as the best place to put it and how to fill it safely. Whatever your reason for hiring a skip, please keep these important tips in mind!

    Hiring the right skip for you:

    It can be hard to know what size of skip you need as what looks like relatively small waste might take up a lot of room in a small skip. Likewise, for bulky waste, many people think they the need the largest skip possible, but often when these items are broken down the skip may not be full and not the best value for money. When phoning our customer service team to book a skip, they will help you establish what skip size you need. Alternatively we have developed this handy skip sizing guide to help you choose the right skip.

    Best place to put a skip:

    Try and avoid resting it on any dips or slopes as it may move once unbalanced due to the loading of waste materials. If you require the skip to be left on a main public road, please let us know as it is likely you will need a permit for this. As well as a permit the skip may require added safety equipment such as nets, doors, or signage. Once delivered, skips cannot be moved and is important that you do not attempt to move it.

    What cannot go in a skip:

    • Hazardous Waste: The big 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 causes 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 recycling centre.
    • Oil or paint cans
    • Tyres
    • Solvents, fuels and batteries
    • Chemicals, flammable materials
    • Household waste: Such as food scraps, soiled nappies, and sanitary items.
    • Liquid Concrete

    How to load it safely:

    We recommend that you load heavier items first, putting lighter items on top. It is very difficult and unsafe to load heavy items when the skip is nearly full and there is an increased risk of injury in doing so. It is key to have an extra pair of hands when filling a skip, especially when dealing with large bulky items that may be heavy to lift by yourself. Smaller items or materials will naturally fill the spaces in and around these larger items and it is a more efficient way of filling the skip.

    How to maximise space in the skip:

    To maximise the space of your skip, make sure to have a good plan in place. Simply throwing everything into the skip without having a plan will result in wasting plenty of space. It can also waste time as you may have to take items out to ‘rebuild’ your skip. If you are working as a team of people, make sure everyone filling the skips knows the plan.

    Where possible have the items lined up in the order that they need to go in the skip. For example, if you have dismantled a kitchen, you could place all the cupboard doors, shelving & unwanted timber first in line to be placed at the bottom of the skip. You could then have the bulkier items such as furniture, building blocks and other materials lined up and ready to be placed on top.

    Break down large items like tree limbs down into smaller pieces, remove any arms and legs from furniture and dissemble old appliances where possible.

    Ensure you’re distributing the weight as evenly as possible to reduce the risk of it tipping over once it’s full.

    Our tips for maximising the space in the skip:

    • Break down furniture before loading it
    • Don’t leave gaps in between, try and fill gaps with smaller, lighter materials
    • Load all the flat items first, things like plywood, table tops etc
    • Put bulky items in after laying down the flat materials

    Do not overfill the skip:

    In the interest of everyone’s safety, it’s important that you do not overfill your skip. Something could fall out and injure you, or when it has been collected, items may dislodge during transport.

    For health and safety reasons, overflowing skips cannot be removed and transported from your property to the Barna Recycling waste management facility. Skips should be filled to the top and no further. To avoid other parties from placing items for disposal into your skip Barna Recycling have a number of skips available with security lids.

    To view the hiring process and some frequently asked questions, read this blog.

    If you have any further questions on skip hire, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our skip hire team on 091 771619.

    Barna Recycling offer a wide range of skips for hire across Galway, Roscommon, Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim.


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