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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.

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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.

Tips for Up-cycling

This month’s blog is all about upcycling!
All it takes to upcycle something old & unused to give it a new lease of life is a little bit of elbow grease & imagination. There is so much we can do once we put our minds to it, from upcycling old furniture, creating new storage spaces, kids play kitchens or workstations, the list is endless. There is great satisfaction to be found for many people by not sticking to old habits of shop bought or buying online and creating something yourself. Upcycling is all about turning waste into something meaningful.

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Recycling for Businesses

Over the past 20 years we have developed significant expertise in a number of industries that ensures we offer tailored waste management solutions to our business Customers from smaller sole traders to large multi-nationals.

We will work with you to achieve maximum recycling levels within a budget that is both affordable and to the highest environmental standards. Our aim is to help you reduce the volume of waste going to landfill, therefore reducing your waste management costs.

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Tips for Landlord’s

This month’s blog focuses on Landlord’s, providing advice on how to dispose of waste and household materials when clearing out a recently vacated home. Whether you had students, a family or sublet tenants staying in your home, once they move out it is likely that a deep clean of the home is necessary before new tenants can move in.

We regularly deal with questions & queries from landlords as to what can be put in their bins and what can be brought to a recycling centre.

Below we have compiled some tips & guidelines for landlords:

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Summer Has Arrived

We have had a small glimpse of that summer sunshine in recent weeks. The perfect motivator to get cleaning our homes inside and out to freshen them up for the summer months.

From sorting the attic to clearing out old clutter and mess in the garage/shed or even that one room that ends up being a dumping ground for all unused clothing, bed clothes, suitcases and other household items. We begin painting & decorating our homes. We tend to start striping every bed in the house to make use of the better weather and longer drying hours.

At Barna Recycling, we want to make your life easier. So, whether you have already started or plan on starting a clear out of your home then why not hire a skip. We find it is the easiest solution for our customers!

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Get to Know Your Local Civic Amenity Site

Did you know that over 60,000 homes in Connacht choose Barna Recycling to look after their waste? As Connacht’s leading provider in waste management services we guarantee our customers a professional, reliable and environmentally friendly service. Not just with your household waste but at your local civic amenity site too.

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