November 2014

Congratulations to Our Halloween Competition Winners!

Massive Congratulations to the Winners of Our Recyclable Halloween Costume Competition

1st Prize – €50 One 4 All Voucher – Daniel Flanagan, Galway City

2nd Prize – €30 One 4 All Voucher – Evan Hennessy (and his sister Katie) Co. Roscommon

3rd Prize – €20 One 4 All Voucher – Siún O’Flaherty, Co. Galway

Halloween costumes made from recycled materials


Help! What Goes in My Brown Composting Bin?

We get asked this question a lot so we decided to answer it in today’s blog post. A general rule of thumb when it comes to composting is that anything that was once living can be composted.

Click here to visit our handy guide which lists the items you  can place in your Barna Recycling Brown Bin.

The contents of your brown 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.

The Foods We All Throw Away!

The Stop Food Waste programme has done some fantastic research into the food we all throw away.  Their research highlights that we are all creatures of habit often throw out the same types of food, for the same reasons, on a regular basis.

Stop Food Waste advises that to stop wasting food we first need to become aware of what and how much we throw out. Being aware of this is the first step to reducing the food, and money we waste.  So next time you’re shopping or eating, watch out for these foods especially and you will save twice:

by buying less food and

by having less to dispose of

It has been found that the main foods that are regularly thrown out are:


The Foods We All Throw Away

Recycling is High Fashion!

Bank of Ireland’s Junk Kouture in association with Repak is an exciting competition for secondary school students which challenges teenagers to create high-end wearable fashion from everyday material that would normally find its way into the bin. Junk Kouture aims to inspire and ignite passion in these teenagers while at the same time subtly educating them about the importance of recycling and reusing waste. Over the last four years, Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier recycled fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland.  To find our more visit!

Ireland moves up to second place in EU for packaging recycling











Ireland has climbed up the rankings in terms of recycling packaging in the EU from fourth place to second, according to figures released by Eurostat.  Research indicates that 98pc of the Irish public are recycling.

In 2013, Repak collected 712,054 tonnes of packaging, of which 39pc was paper, 28pc glass, 27pc plastic and 5pc metal.Irish businesses have invested €300m through Repak to ensure that their packaging is recycled over the past 17 years and Repak has helped to grow packaging recovery from under 15pc in 1998 to nearly 79pc last year.

Repak also reveals that it recycles 3.72 kgs per household, per week, the equivalent of five cereal boxes, 10 pizza boxes, 2 wine bottles, 15 butter tubs, 40 yoghurt pots and 15 drinks cans per house per week.“Being upgraded to the No 2 in Europe is a major milestone for Ireland’s package recycling story.  This is due this success to the collective efforts of our members, recovery operators, Government, Local Authorities and consumers,” said Seamus Clancy, CEO Repak.