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Top Tips To Declutter Your Home Before The Holidays

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Its finally the holiday season! We all love the holidays and getting into the festive spirit, as it means we can finally begin to relax and spend time with our family & loved ones. But there is no denying it can also be the most busiest and chaotic time of the year! This season is usually the time when more waste is produced, and if you are like us you want to make sure your house is clutter-free for the holiday season.

Below we have outlined some of our top tips to follow for a stress-free festive season!

 

Christmas Lights & Decorations:

  • If you have old Christmas lights in unusable condition you can bring them to your local civic amenity site or if you are purchasing replacement lights, the retailer should be happy to take the old ones off your hands.
  • As for old Christmas decorations tinsel and plastic baubles; these are waste items, so they can go in your waste bin. Glass baubles can be brought to local bottle banks or civic amenity sites.
  • Any old decorations made from a single material such as paper, card or rigid plastic only can be placed in the recycling bin.
  • If a decoration is powered by a battery or has any sort of plug, be sure to remove battery separately for recycling, it is considered a WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) item and should be disposed of in a proper manner. (Source: mywaste.ie)
  • This should be brought to a WEEE drop-off recycling point or your local Civic Amenity Site to be disposed of. Click here for more information on how to dispose of WEEE the right way

Christmas Shopping & Deliveries

  • Cardboard Boxes: This can be disposed of in your recycling bin, however, ensure you remove as much packaging tape as you can first and break them down before you dispose them.
  •  Soft packaging such as wrappers, plastic bags and bubble wrap have been added to the household recycling list earlier this year. Re-use boxes & bubble wrap where possible, if not usable then throw them into your recycling bin.
  • Polystyrene foam can ONLY be recycled when separately collected, some civic amenity centres may accept it but be sure to check locally before you arrive. Otherwise, it should always be placed in the general waste bin.
  • Be sure to check your recycling/general waste bins for any packages from time to time. Although unlikely some courier delivery drivers have been known to leave packages in the bins when there’s nobody is in the house at the time of delivery.

 

Christmas Cards & Gifts

It can often be a good idea to have a plan in place on how you and your family will handle Christmas waste. It’s important to understand what to do when Christmas cards, gifts and your online shopping start arriving. Below are some tips to dispose them off correctly:

  • If you happen to receive Christmas cards by post, or if you have old/unusable Christmas cards, you can cut them up and use them to make labels for presents. Alternatively, it’s good to know that these can go in your recycling bin.
  • Try to reuse envelopes by sticking labels over the address or you can simply dispose it in the recycling bin if it is unusable.
  • A lot of common Christmas items such as wrapping paper and old Christmas lights can be brought to your local civic amenity sites or put in your recycling bin.
  • When receiving gifts be sure to take off any Sellotape before putting the gift wrapper in the recycling bin.
  • When you receive gift bags, try to re-use them as much as possible

Barna Recycling’s Top Tips for Christmas Upcycling:

At Barna Recycling, we actively encourage our customers to upcycle and reuse items where possible as it’s better for the environment, saves money and resources. Below are some of our favourite upcycling ideas for Christmas decorations, they are a fun way to get the kids as well as the whole family involved in upcycling.

  • You can use old light bulbs or papers to create a funky bobble decoration for your tree. You can see the below style and more ideas here.
  •  You can use wooden clothespins, hot glue and ribbons to make your own Christmas star. Click here to learn how.
  • Create a unique garland/wreath using old piano sheets, leftover gift tags, paper & more. See ideas here.
  • Don’t toss your wine bottles, they make for beautiful candle holders to light up your festive dinner.
  • Make homemade Christmas cards using up old buttons, fabrics & broken jewellery.

Our Civic Amenity Sites will assist you greatly when clearing out your home before Christmas. We have seven civic amenity sites across Connacht for your convenience, where you can dispose of a large variety of recyclable Christmas waste items like wrapping paper, cardboard and Christmas lights at a reduced cost. Click here to read the benefits of using one of our civic amenity’s sites.

For larger Christmas waste items that cannot be disposed of in your general waste bin, you can consider hiring a skip. 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 useful skip sizing guide here.

Recycling changes: Soft Plastic Waste Accepted In Irish Household Recycling Bins

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In recent years, there have been significant improvements in the technology used for recycling plastics in Ireland, which has resulted in the recent addition of soft plastics to the household recycling lists along with rigid plastic waste.

Making the announcement, Minister of State with special responsibility for Communications and Circular Economy, Ossian Smyth TD said that as of September 7th, Irish households can now place all plastic packaging waste, including soft plastics, into their recycling bin (blue barna recycling bin) as long as its clean, dry and loose. Here at Barna Recycling, we have curated this blog to help you understand what this change means for your household and the impact it will have on our environment.

Background

Currently, Ireland recycles less than one third (28 per cent) of all plastic packaging waste.

Irish Data from 2018 shows that out of the 264,000 tonnes of plastic packaging generated, only 82,000 was recycled. Almost all remaining plastic packaging was often shipped overseas to Europe for incineration or use by energy plants.

As stated by Waste prevention co-ordinator Pauline McDonagh & Minister of State for the Circular Economy Ossian Smyth TD, over the last few years, nearly €10 million has been invested into technological advancements for Ireland’s waste management sector, resulting in a significant ramp-up of plastic recycling capacity in recycling facilities nationwide. These advancements include installing optical sorting equipment that can identify and segregate different types of plastic materials.

This new move represents an essential & positive step for managing recycling plastic packaging waste in the country. It will help put Ireland a huge step forward towards achieving the increased packaging recycling targets set by the EU.

What is soft plastic?

Soft plastic is any type of plastic that you can scrunch in your hand. This includes a wide range of objects such as plastic wrap on products – including plastic labels, bubble wrap, plastic packaging pillows, bread wrappers, sweet wrappers, crisp packets, and pasta bags. (Source: mywaste.ie)

Only rigid plastics, such as plastic bottles and food trays, were accepted in the recycling bin. Going forward, households can place all plastic packaging waste, including soft plastic, into the recycling bin as long as they’re clean, dry and loose.

Allowing soft plastics into recycling bins would significantly simplify household waste segregation by eliminating any confusion over the various types of plastics.

You can always check What Goes in My Blue Bin if you are unsure of items that can be recycled.

 

Barna’s Recycling Process and Tips

  • Once your plastic waste is placed in the household recycling bin, our licensed bin men then collect your blue bins on the designated day and deliver the waste materials to our EPA licensed recycling facility.
  •  Once your waste materials are delivered to our facility, the recycled items are then sorted for processing on our picking line.
  • Here, the recycled waste is separated into six different categories such as paper, cardboard or hard plastics, glass, aluminium & steel cans.
  • As a result of new technology and upped investment, soft plastics can now be segregated in this same way with the use of advanced optical sorting equipments
  •  Plastics have a high energy content that can be converted to electricity, synthetic gas, fuels, and recycled feedstocks for new plastics.
  • The recyclable plastic & cardboard waste is baled & shipped abroad to be sold and recycled in European and other markets or used by manufacturers or energy plants.

Additionally, If you are looking to reduce the use of single use plastics in your home and not sure where to start you can have a read of our blog which outlines 8 steps you can take to start reducing plastic in your home today.

If you would like more information on where to dispose of certain items or would like to order a skip give our team a call today on 091 771619.

Barna Recycling’s Top Tips For Recycling & Upcycling Old Clothing/Textiles

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Here at Barna Recycling, we often find our customers wondering the best way to dispose of old clothes and textiles that have already seen their share of wear & tear. But don’t worry, we got you covered. This blog has outlined plenty of sustainable ways for you to repurpose, recycle, and dispose of old textiles.

1) Shop Smart

Did you know that the textile industry is the second largest contributor to global pollution? (Source: mywaste.ie)

Every piece of clothing you own or use has undergone a complex manufacturing process that utilises a high amount of electricity, water, and energy sources.

When you choose to recycle & upcycle unwanted textiles, you save energy by reducing/ eliminating the need to make materials from scratch. Before purchasing a new piece of clothing, shoes, etc., always think if you need it and will you wear it.

2) Donate to charity

You can also donate clothes & textiles in good condition to local charity shops as there are often non-profits and charities that would be highly grateful for your donation. Generally, the proceeds from clothing sales in charity shops are used to support causes in your local area or community. Some organisations accepting clothing donations are Enable Ireland, Oxfam, NCBI, Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) and Liberty Recycling. The Irish Charity Shops Association website will help you to find your nearest charity shops & clothing banks near you.

Top Barna Recycling Tips:

  • When you donate clothes to a charity shop, you give life to your old clothes and provide financial assistance towards a good cause.
  • When dropping your unwanted clothes at a charity shop, familiarise yourself with other items they may accept for upcycling or re-selling, such as household goods, books, electrical items etc., as some of these shops also take things other than clothes.
  • When dropping off clothes, always look at what’s for re-sale and help the charity by purchasing something on the same journey.
  • Be sure to check in advance if the charity shop accepts bedclothes & duvets.
  • It’s essential to check in advance if heavily soiled or damaged clothes will still be taken in some banks.
  • Old clothing that cannot be re-used can still be shredded first and used for furniture stuffing.

3) Swap/hand them down

If you have used clothes & textiles in good condition, another idea is to passing them on to a friend or a family member if they might be interested in them. Remember to be honest about any damage and wash the clothes before you pass them along. Alternatively, you can also swap a few item with the ones closest to you. This way, you are giving your clothes a new life & everyone walks away happy with some new pieces they can add to their wardrobe for free!

Online platforms such as Facebook Marketplace & Depop also allow you to swap or re-sell your clothing.

4) Transform & Upcycle

With a bit of creativity, you can transform damaged/stained clothes into new items such as face masks, tablecloths, cleaning cloths, blankets, padding for chairs, bags, t-shirts, and so much more! You can check out Pinterest or some DIY YouTube videos for inspiration.

5) Civic Amenity Sites

If you feel you cannot do any of the above, you can always bring large volumes of your old textiles to your local civic amenity site or clothing banks near you. Some of our civic amenity sites will also accept any type of clothing, footwear, textiles, including blankets at selected civic amenity sites. However, an extra charge would apply for disposing of bedding and mattresses.

How does fabric get recycled?

  • After your clothes are collected from various points, the first step is to segregate them into wearable, unusable and usable garments or products.
  • Once the sorting is done, the textiles are shredded & pulled into fibres to form yarn. Other fibres may be added to the mix depending on the end-use of the yarn. The yarn is then re-spun to be re-used, either by being knitted or woven.
  • Any fibre that cannot be made into yarns is processed into fillings, such as insulation or textile filling inside mattresses.
  • If you’re recycling polyester-based textiles, these are granulated into polyester chips. The chips are melted so that they can create new fibres for new polyester textiles.
  • In recent years the most popular method of re-using clothes is through charity shops or re-selling to second-hand shops.

 

An Effective Guide to Reducing Household Waste: Bathroom Edition

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If you pay close attention to 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, our bathrooms are packed with recyclables!

Even though we all use toiletries, personal care items and bathroom cleaners on a daily basis. When it comes to reducing household waste, we find bathroom waste often tends to get overlooked. It’s important to understand how and where to dispose of your bathroom waste correctly.

Below we have outlined some excellent tips and techniques for creating a low waste, eco-friendly bathroom.

Reorganise & Declutter

The fewer products you have in your bathroom, the less waste you will produce!

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

Use Biodegradable Products

  • Instead of using plastic combs and brushes, opt for a biodegradable bamboo or wooden toothbrush/hairbrush. You can find wooden/bamboo combs and brushes that are all-natural, biodegradable and very chic!
  • Instead of buying shampoos and soaps in plastic bottles, switch to using soap bars and shampoo cars. This is way is eco-friendlier and more cost-effective compared to using liquid soap, shampoos and shower gels that come in plastic containers and non-recyclable plastic pumps.
  • You can also go a step further and look for organic, palm oil free soaps made from all-natural ingredients with compostable packaging.
  • If you are someone with a regular makeup or skincare routine, then you know it is quite common to use up cotton pads per day and throwing them away after use. Instead, we recommend using reusable cotton makeup removal pads, which can be washed along with your regular laundry. In fact, several make-up brands, reward you for recycling their old products which might also be worth looking into.

Shop Smart

  • Most beauty products & toiletries, tend to come with excessive plastic packaging including cardboard boxes, sometimes even the ones that say are eco-friendly!
  • Instead of purchasing these products, opt for products that come with sustainable, compostable, or biodegradable packaging materials, corrugated bubble wrap, biodegradable foam beads etc. With boxes or bubble wrap, it is always a good idea to re-use them where possible.

Understand what you can recycle

The good news is that almost all your bathroom waste items can in fact be recycled. Here is a list of the items that can (and should) be recycled from your bathroom:

  • Shampoo, conditioner & shower gel Bottles
  • 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
  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Deodorant lids

Note: Items such as nappies, toilet rolls, wipes, cotton wool CANNOT be recycled and would have to be disposed of in the general waste bin (black Barna bin)
Remember, all items being recycled must be clean, dry, and loose. So, make sure to rinse out any bottles and containers before popping them into your recycling bin. You can also check What Goes in My Blue Bin if you are unsure of items that you can recycle.

Visit our website If you would like more information on where to dispose of certain items or would like to order a skip, give our team a call today on 091 771619.

Barna Recycling’s Top Tips for Waste Awareness & Disposal

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The best way to effectively manage waste is by using fewer resources, reducing consumption, and buying less. Here at Barna Recycling, we are always trying to find ways to educate our customers on the steps they can take to minimise household waste daily. It all starts with understanding what items go where.

Below we have outlined some smart tips to help you to reduce your bin costs and be environmentally friendly when it comes to waste management for each bin type.

General Waste Bin

Generally, this bin is for any waste items that you CANNOT put into your recycling or organic such as Ashes, Tin foil, paint, non-recyclable plastic, food wrappers.

  • ALWAYS remember NOT to include any kind of liquids in your general waste bin
  • ALWAYS ensure you separate the packaging to segregate out the food waste and recyclable materials such as envelopes, milk cartons, newspapers. This way, you are saving costs, maximising space, and making sure that you are not overloading your general waste bin.
  • Use a reusable lunchbox to store your food instead of cling film or tinfoil.
  • Should you have additional waste to dispose of, such as extra bags or cardboard boxes, please make sure you let our office know beforehand. This is so we can inform the people collecting your waste, so they can watch out for the bags at the right house. (Sometimes non-customers leave waste alongside customers bins).

Click here for the full list of items that cannot go into your black bin.

Food waste/Compost bin

Below are some of our top tips for reducing food waste at home.

  • Always Shop Smart – write a shopping list before you head to the grocery store and stick to only purchasing items on the list!
  • Plan your meals – Create a meal plan for the week and meal prep in advance to save time
  • Make sure fruit and vegetables are stored correctly. Use your freezer as much as possible

Green Waste – Grass, leaves and hedge clippings

Green waste can be disposed of in your compost bin along with your organic food waste. Home Composting is an excellent way to get the most out of your organic food as well as your green garden waste. It reduces the need to collect, process, treat and/or dispose of biodegradable materials and can be used as a potting mix for your garden, as it is rich in nutrients and is great for soil health. Check out our useful guide on composting to get started!

Recycling bin

You can check What Goes in My Blue Bin if you are unsure of items that can be recycled

  • Break down larger items such as boxes and squash them down, before putting them into the bin.
  • Food containers must be clean, dry and loose in your recycling bin.
  • Utilise reusable bags while shopping to help limit plastic waste and always look for items with recyclable, sustainable packaging options
  • DO NOT use black bags in the recycling bin otherwise, your bins may not be emptied.

Here is a list of recycling and non-recyclable packaging:

Packaging Material Recyclable Y/N Information
Cardboard Y This can be disposed of in your recycling bin, however, ensure you remove as much packaging tape as you can first.
Bubble Wrap N This is not currently recyclable and should be placed in your general waste bin.
Padded Envelopes N Not recyclable due to the presence of bubble wrap. Put this in your general waste bin.
Polystyrene Foam N This should be placed in the general waste bin.
Paper Y Make sure items are clean, dry, and placed loosely in the bin.
Envelope Y Most envelopes are ok to recycle, however, if it contains a window then this type of envelope will need to be placed in the general waste bin.
Sellotape N This should be placed in the general waste bin. Small amounts are OK to add to the recycle bin but, if possible, try to remove it

If you have large volumes of general, recyclable, or organic waste, you could always bring them to one of our seven civic amenity sites across Connacht to dispose of them at a reduced cost. Click here for more information on our civic amenity sites.

If you would like more information on where to dispose of certain items or would like to order a skip give our team a call today on 091 771619.

Barna’s Top Tips to Declutter Your Homes for The Summer

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With the significant easing of COVID restrictions this month and the promise of good summer weather finally setting in, our country has taken a giant step on the road back to normality. What better way to get a fresh start to the season than decluttering your home?

From clearing out the massive mess in the shed, old clutter in the attic, and sorting out all the unused clothing, old blankets, bedding to old books, now is the perfect time to deep clean your homes inside out before heading off on your well-deserved summer staycation!

In this blog, we have outlined our top tips and key information to help you understand what to do with the different types of waste from your home clear out. Where and how to dispose of them to make your life easier and set you up to enjoy the summer months in peace.

Get to Know Your Local Civic Amenity Site

Barna’s purpose-built Civic Amenity Sites will assist you greatly when clearing out 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’s 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.

Items Accepted

Below are examples of a few types of items accepted at our sites:

Old blankets/ Bedding & Mattresses: Some of our civic amenity sites will also accept any type of clothing, footwear, textiles, including blankets at selected civic amenity sites. However, an extra charge would apply for disposing of bedding and mattresses.

Books: Generally, books should be placed in the household recycling bin. However, if you have a large volume of old books, phone books, newspapers, and magazines, you can dispose of them at some of our local civic amenity sites.

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,

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.

Additionally, you can also choose to hire a skip, which 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’s Guide to Waste Disposal for Households

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As our country takes another stride towards normality with the recent easing of COVID restrictions, we are all looking forward to enjoying the fresh summer evenings. And what better way to get a fresh start for this most awaited season than decluttering your house? And if like us you want to get your house organised now while you are waiting for the sun to appear, you might be confused or unsure as to where to dispose of certain items.

Well, we got you covered with the perfect guide.

We have come up with an easy guide for you to follow, which indicates what can and cannot go into your waste bin and how to dispose of other larger items that cannot fit in your household bins.

So, let us start with what can go in your waste bin:

  • Nappies
  • Tin Foil
  • Aero board
  • Contaminated and wet paper
  • Ashes can but they must be placed in a bag after they have cooled before placing them in the waste bin, it reduces the risk of fire and dirtying the bins.

Now let’s look at what cannot go into your waste bin:

  • Paint cans – They can only be brought to a local Civic Amenity Site.
  • Clothes cannot 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), all electrical goods retailers must be registered as a producer of WEEE and take back your old electrical equipment free of charge when you buy new goods – you can read our blog to find out more about disposing of WEEE.
  • Batteries – Used batteries can be brought back to shops, a lot of supermarkets have drop off points to recycle batteries.
  • Glass – should be washed and brought to your nearest bottle banks.
  • Duvets cannot be disposed of in your waste bin, but they can be brought to your local Civic Amenity Site.

If you are still unsure about how to dispose of an item, be sure to check if the item can be disposed of in the recycling or food waste bin here. This will allow you to keep the weight down in your general waste bin and reduce your bin costs. Here at Barna Recycling we always recommend using our general waste bin (black Barna bin) as a last resort.

Disposing Larger Items:

For larger items that cannot be disposed of in your general waste bin, you should consider hiring a skip. 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 useful skip sizing guide here.

The benefits of hiring a skip include:

  • You can keep the skip as long as you require it.
  • The convenience of not having to take large awkward items in your car to the Civic Amenity Site.
  • By hiring a skip you are doing your part to protect the environment, as we are responsible for the management of waste in an environmentally friendly manner.

However, there are certain items that cannot go in a skip, which are as follows:

  • 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 appliances. 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: Such as food scraps, soiled nappies, and sanitary items.
  • Liquid Concrete

If you would like more information on where to dispose of certain items or would like to order a skip give our team a call today on 091 771619.

Tips For Reducing Your Use Of Plastic

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Are you looking to reduce your use of single-use plastics in your home but not sure exactly how to start or just need a bit of inspiration as to alternatives you can use instead of going for the safe option of a e.g. plastic water bottle, then look no further, we’ll set out 8 steps you can take to start reducing plastic in your home today, and don’t worry they aren’t too drastic, just small changes that can make a big difference.

1. Carry reusable shopping bags

Do you often go to pick up some groceries and then have to pay for a plastic bag to get them home? Why not start carrying around reusable shopping bags? Pop some bags in the boot of your car or leave them beside your shopping list, somewhere you’ll remember to grab them on your way out on shopping days. And why not use them for more than just grocery shopping, use them for the likes of clothes shopping too!

2. Food packaging

Approximately 25% of domestic waste is from packaging. Supermarkets offer more biodegradable food packaging options instead of carrying some loose netting or reusable bags to pack fruit, veg, or baked goods.

3. Stop using plastic bottles of water

Why not invest in a reusable water bottle and bring this to work/ on walks/ to the gym and just generally when you are out and about, a lot of restaurants/ bars are happy to refill your reusable bottle for you when you’re on the go. Not to mention using a reusable bottle will save you a lot of money in the long run.

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4. Use a reusable travel mug for tea/ coffee

Similar to the step above, bringing a reusable travel mug with you when getting take away teas/ coffees will help reduce your use of single-use plastics. And often times, if you are using a reusable cup the shop will give you a small discount on the cost of your drink.

5. Don’t get the little plastic table when ordering pizza

This is something many people wouldn’t even think of, but when ordering a takeaway pizza, ask the restaurant not to include a little plastic table in your pizza!

6. Cut back on frozen convenience foods

There is a lot of packaging used for frozen convenience foods, we aren’t saying stop buying them altogether, they are handy to have in, for busy evenings when you don’t have time to cook, but why not try cutting back on the number of frozen convenience foods you currently purchase.

7. Choose toilet paper not wrapped in plastic

A lot of toilet roll suppliers are now using an alternative to plastic wrapping, they are using paper which is much more widely recycled. Why not opt for these brands of toilet roll over the plastic-wrapped options.

8. Choose shampoo, not in plastic bottles

Some shampoo producers are working on innovative ways to produce their shampoo without using plastic bottles. You could do some research to find suppliers who are moving away from the use of plastic bottles and find one you like.

These are just some simple ideas to get you started on reducing the use of single-use plastics in your home.

Barna’s Recycling Process and Tips

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Have you ever wondered what happens to your recycling waste once it has been collected from your home? This blog outlines Barna Recycling’s process and gives some recycling tips.

Barna Recycling takes great pride in our recycling waste disposal process. Did you know we export recycled plastic waste bales overseas? These bales are often shipped to Europe for use by energy plants. As plastics have a high energy content that can be converted to electricity, synthetic gas, fuels, and recycled feedstocks for new plastics.

Barna’s Waste Disposal Process

The Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA) has 40 member companies that collect, recycle & treat a wide range of waste types across 60 waste management facilities. These facilities are licensed by the EPA and approximately 30 waste management facilities are permitted by the local authorities in Ireland – Barna Recycling being one of those serving the Connacht region.

The process all starts in your home, whereby you separate your waste into general waste and recycling, compost too if you have a brown bin. Our licensed bin men then collect your blue bins on the designated day and deliver the waste materials to our EPA licensed recycling facility. These facilities can often be known as materials recovery facilities because that is the main objective, recover as much recyclable material within each load so that it can be re-used.

Once your waste materials are delivered to our facility, the recycled items are then sorted for processing on our picking line. Recycled waste is generally broken down into six categories: glass, aluminium and steel cans, paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and packaging, and other non-recyclable residual materials. Most of this process can be operated mechanically, but some manual work is required to obtain maximum recovery of recyclable materials. Any waste materials that are contaminated or non-recyclable are removed at this stage. All recyclable materials in good condition, are then prepared for re-use.

  • Plastic and cardboard waste is baled and exported for use by manufacturers or energy plants.
  • Glass bottles and jars are cleaned, sorted, and crushed. This material then becomes known as cullet, which is the term used for furnace-ready recycled glass. It is then remoulded into new products.
  • Aluminium cans go through a cleaning and sorting process. Once ready for reprocessing, the cans go through a re-melting process which removes any ink or other coatings present. It is then made into blocks called ingots which can then be milled to create new products.

Some interesting facts on what happens to your recyclable items:

  • Plastic bottles are made into items such as kid’s swings.
  • Around 650 aluminium cans are required to make a kid’s bike.
  • If you recycle one aluminium can today, it can be made into a new can, get filled, and be back on the shelf in just six weeks.

Recycling Tips:

  • Don’t use plastic bags to pack lunches or store food items, buy durable lunch and storage boxes instead. Using storage boxes with lids also reduces the need to use cling film or tinfoil to cover a plate or bowl.
  • Make sure your small recycling bin inside the home and the main bin outside are kept dry and clean – if recyclable items get wet, it becomes contaminated and cannot be recycled.
  • Reduce the number of items such as fruit and veg packaged with plastic waste.
  • Take a reusable bag when going out shopping.
  • If shopping online, look for sites that offer reduced packaging or more environmentally friendly packaging options.
  • When you receive your online goods, look to re-use the packaging when possible.
  • Clean out and dry all food and drink containers and take the lids off bottles.
  • Flatten plastic bottles, containers, and cardboard.
  • Look to eliminate or reduce your use of plastic plates, cutlery, straws, and cups.
  • Have a designated bin or reusable box in your home for glass items and cans, this will make it easier to transport these to a bottle bank or recycling centre.
  • Encourage a community clean-up in your area and get the family involved – contact your local authority as they often help by providing gloves, bags and pick up the waste collected.

View a full list of recyclable items here.

It’s February, the shortest month of the year!

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Did you know, February is one of the most misspelled words in the English language? It is also the only month where it is possible to go the entire time without having a full moon.

Facts aside, we made it through January and fingers crossed we are getting closer to some level of freedom and normality. We hope those of you that set goals for the new year are still working towards them. Many of you will be undertaking home-schooling on top of an already hectic schedule and this blog aims to make life a little bit easier for you all.

During this time, it can be easy to let your usual day to day household chores fall by the wayside. We have found a great list of the more common household cleaning tasks that you can do in under 1 minute all the way up to 30 minutes. If you want to know what can be done during an ad break or while dinner is cooking, here are some ideas.

Now some of the suggested times do seem more suitable for a cleaning Olympics, such as cleaning a bathroom mirror in 15 seconds, but who doesn’t like a challenge!

How many of you keep putting stuff up in the attic throughout the year simply because it is an easy way to declutter? Over time it becomes a habit.  But the volume of items often keeps building and eventually there is no room to find anything in the attic, or even if you have that one room in the house where everything gets dumped.

We find that at least once a year, it can be a good idea to go through all the items in your attic and decide if they are to be kept, or whether they need to be disposed of. Naturally, there will be some items of sentimental value up there, but often you can also find broken or unused board games, old games consoles, DVD’s or books that are no longer needed, kids’ school or college books, Halloween costumes, and more. While it may seem like an arduous task to sort through it all and do a clear out, there can often be fun had while doing so, by reminiscing and laughing about the past.

If a clear out is on your to-do list for the year, it is best not to overfill your household bins. That is why we recommend hiring a skip for the easy disposal of waste from a household clear out. The St. Patrick’s Day and Easter bank holidays will soon be upon us and this could be the perfect way to make use of that time off.

Perhaps you have broken garden furniture that has been put aside but now looks messy, maybe you have some Christmas decorations that were broken and set aside to dispose of. A lot of people also do a wardrobe clear out at this time of year. No matter what room, or items you need to dispose of, a skip is the easiest solution.

Barna Recycling offers a wide range of skips for hire across Galway, Roscommon, Mayo, Sligo, and Leitrim. Skips are delivered within 48 hours and can be kept for up to 5 days. Same day delivery and collection is also possible. With prices ranging from €240.

You can view skip sizes and gain further information here.

If you wish to contact us about our skip hire you can do so by calling 091-771619.