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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.

  • 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.

  • What to do with: leftover food, garden waste, old clothing and glass bottles?

    As restrictions are lifting and the promise of some summer sunshine in July approaches, we can finally begin to feel a small sense of normality come back into our lives.

    As many of you will remain working at home for a while longer, we want to make sure we are helping and assisting our customers as best we can. Since lockdown began, you may have noticed an increase in the amount of waste being disposed of in your home and community. We know there has been great discussion among the Barna team about the increase in our food shopping. This has been noted around the country too, as people are searching for solutions to increased food waste.

    According to the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment (DCCAE) there are 3 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 and chicken bones

    Reducing your food waste is one area which all households can benefit from. It all adds up, less food waste equals less spend on food, which means more money to spend on the things you love.

    The national programme on Food Waste Prevention in Ireland is StopFoodWaste.ie.  A helpful website providing tools for planning and shopping, storage & cooking, and composting your food waste.

    Here at Barna Recycling we encourage our customers to think ‘ingredients’ not ‘leftovers’.

    What can I do with leftover food?

    • Turn dinner into lunch
    • Use leftover fruit to bake buns, cakes, crumbles, or other desserts.
    • Make soup out of leftover vegetables
    • Left over Sunday roast meat? You can use it to make a pie
    • Portion and store – For example you can split large loafs of bread into more manageable portions, freezing the excess. Allowing you to defrost the required amount each time.
    • Bread that is going stale can be used for French toast, to make bread and butter pudding or as crotons for soup or salad.
    • Tomatoes can be blended with some herbs and spices to make a sauce for use in pasta dishes.
    • Leftover mashed potato can be made into hash browns or croquette potatoes.

    Don’t have a favourite recipe? Click HERE and explore some amazing recipes. We promise it wont be long until you have a new favourite dinner!

    To encourage the fight against food waste the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations has put together this brochure for families.


    Garden Waste

    As there are whispers of a hot July coming just around the corner. More and more of us will be out gardening again. Have you ever wondered what your options are when it comes to disposing of grass and other garden materials?

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

    Your disposal options are:

    • Grass cycling – the natural recycling of grass by leaving grass clippings on the lawn when mowing. Once on the ground the grass clippings, which contain 80-85% water, decompose quickly returning valuable nutrients like nitrogen back into the soil.
    • Brown Bin – if you have a brown bin, you can use this to dispose of your garden waste.
    • Composting at Home – is a fantastic way to reduce the amount of weight in your bin and reuse in your garden for planting.
    • Civic amenity sites – garden waste can be brought into recycling centres at Ballinasloe, Cartrontroy Athlone and Carrowbrowne

    For bigger garden projects, where you may be relaying your lawn, landscaping, cutting or removing hedging, you can always higher a skip. This will then be brought to Barna’s purpose built composting facility.

    If you are considering starting to compost at home, here is a handy guide to get you started.

    For more information about how to be greener in the garden and use less chemicals, you can find some great information here. This is extremely helpful in the fight to save our bees.

    For those of you that may not know, one third of our bee species are threatened with extinction from Ireland. That is why the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan exists. This plan aims to get everyone coming together to try to create an Ireland where bees (Pollinators) can survive and thrive. You can learn more about the plan here.

    Some simple tips to make you garden pollinator friendly include:

    • Cutting it less frequently to allow wildflowers to grow and provide food
    • Plant bee friendly flowers and herbs
    • Don’t use pesticides or chemicals and manually weed instead
    • Provide shelter such as earth banks, dry stone walls or bare soil for bee nesting


    Clothing & Textiles


    Since the easing of restrictions, we have noticed a lot of people have done home clear outs. More so wardrobe cleanouts.  With many customers calling us to discuss what their options were when it comes to disposing of and recycling clothing and textiles.

    Here are our top tips:

    • We always encourage customers to re-use where possible, but some items will not be suitable for re-using or recycling. These items are best disposed of in a clothes bank. Where they will then be sent off for shredding and re-purposed, not for new clothing but for example furniture stuffing.
    • Unwanted clothes or other textiles that are in good condition can be donated to charity shops or given to friends and family. We’ve even had customers make pillows out of old clothing!
    • There are now several online platforms that allow you to swap or re-sell your clothing, such as Facebook Marketplace & Depop.
    • Civic Amenity Sites – clothes can be taken at recycling centres – see here

    So, the next time you go to throw out clothing, remember to Swap, Donate or Recycle instead!


    Bottle Banks


    We want to remind our customers that all types of drinking cans, soft drinks and alcohol can be put into your blue recycling bin.

    If you need to dispose of glass bottles, visit your nearest bottle bank, if they are full, please don’t leave your items on the ground. Take them home and call back another day or visit your local amenity site.

    Some tips for bringing items to a bottle bank are:

    • Remove all caps and corks from bottles but do not place the caps in the Recycling bank – these can be put into your blue bin at home
    • There is no need to take the labels off when you are preparing your items for recycling
    • Always remember to wash out your bottles and jars and drink cans before recycling
    • Separate the different colours into the correct bins
    • Don’t put crockery or drinking glasses in bottle banks – as they have a high lead content and contaminate the glass recycling process leaving the whole load of glass unsuitable for recycling
    • Don’t dispose of steel food containers in bottle banks – as they are made up from different materials to those contained in aluminium drinks cans

    If you would like any further information on what has been discussed in this month’s blog please get in touch with us on 091 771619.

  • An update on our household waste disposal strategy during Covid-19

    Barna Recycling is committed towards taking all the necessary precautions possible to ensure a continued and uninterrupted flow in the provision of our services. We would like to let our customers know that our wheelie bin and skip services are still operating, and customers will be notified well in advance of any changes to our operations that may arise in the future. We would like to assure all our customers and employees that we are strictly following the HSE guidelines and doing the best we can to reduce any risks.

    Read more

  • Easter Colouring Competition

    If you’re hearing…”I’m bored” being thrown around at home – here at Barna Recycling we have something to help!

    Barna Recycling wish to announce our first ever – Home Schools Easter competition!

    Download HERE:
    Category 1 – Junior, Senior Infants & 1st Class – Download here
    Category 2 – 2nd, 3rd & 4th Class – Download here
    Category 3 – 5th & 6th Class – Download here
    Category 4 – Special Category – Download here

    We wanted to give kids a fun activity to work on during their time at home – so we have decided to go ahead with our annual Easter competition but with a few small changes.  

    Feel free to email this onto any family or friends with kids!
    **You can post your entries or alternatively
    you can photograph/ scan entries to 

    competition@barnarecycling.com **  
    Stay safe everyone!

    Unfortunately, by the time we get around to sending out your prizes – Easter eggs will no longer be in shops – but we’ll be sure to get something sweet in the post to our winners!

    Best of luck and we hope you have fun!
    Category 1 – Junior, Senior Infants & 1st Class – Download here
    Category 2 – 2nd, 3rd & 4th Class – Download here
    Category 3 – 5th & 6th Class – Download here
    Category 4 – Special Category – Download here
  • Covid-19

    Putting Out Your Bins and Covid-19!

    Barna Recycling has taken all precautions possible to enable us to continue to provide our services. We are doing what we can to reduce the risks to all our customers and employees and are strictly following the advice of the HSE.

    We are asking all our customers to take additional steps when disposing of their waste and presenting their bins for collection:
    Present your bins for collection the night before, collections times may vary as operations change to meet the evolving situation

    • Disinfect handles of bins before and after collection
    • Wipes, cloths and gloves can be placed in their general waste bin
    • If households are self-isolating / quarantined, they will need to manage their waste outlined by the HSE. Click HERE for further details

    We have already taken a range of operational steps to protect the service we provide for you. Our essential services are continuing to operate through a blend of remote and on-site working. It is possible that we may suffer reduced capacity in answering your calls to our Contact Centre if the Covid-19 situation persists. However, in the meantime we have several online options available to you so you can get the help you need.

    Download our FREE Household App HERE Our app is designed to help you manage your waste and recycling needs.

    • Contact us through Account Support.
    • View your collection calendar and collection reminders.
    • Pay and/or top up your account and view account transactions.
    • Monitor the weight of the waste disposed.
    • View your bin collection history.

    Visit BarnaRecycling.com to find answers to general questions you may have.

    You can Login into “My Account” to avail of services tailored for you.

    • Contact us through Account Support.
    • Pay and top up your account
    • View your collection calendar

    Contact our customer care team by email Domestic@BarnaRecycling.com or alternatively through Contact on BarnaRecycling.com

    Our Household team are here to discuss any queries you may have about your waste management plan and can also advise you on ways to minimise your costs by recycling your food waste and recycling materials as much as possible.


    Civic Amenity Site update – 07-05-2020

    Civic Amenity Sites Covid 19 – Update 7th May 2020


Barna Recycling are committed to providing our customers with a reliable, consistent and value for money service.