August 2022

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. –

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 and our team will advise you on sizes and prices available.