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Decluttering Tips & Trips For A Stress-Free Holiday Season

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At Barna Recycling, we understand decluttering your homes during the busiest time of the year can be overwhelming, so we have outlined some of our top decluttering tips to follow for a stress-free & mess-free holiday season!

From clearing out the massive mess in the shed, old clutter in the attic and sorting out all the unused clothing, old blankets, and bedding to old books, now is the perfect time to deep clean your homes inside and out before the holiday season!

Below, we have outlined our top three decluttering tips and key information to help you understand what to do with the different types of waste from your home clear out.  

 

Decluttering Tip 1: Use Your Local Civic Amenity Site  

Our first top decluttering tip is to take advantage of Barna Recycling’s purpose-built Civic Amenity Sites. These local 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. Click here to find out where your nearest recycling centres might be located.

Here are some of the benefits of using one of our civic amenity 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. 

 

Decluttering Tip 2: Check The Types of Items Accepted At The Civic Amenity Sites 

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Our second decluttering tip is important for the correct disposal of waste. Below are examples of 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, and 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 of it free of charge. Check out our blog for decluttering tips on disposing of WEEE items.

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 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.

Decluttering Tip 3: Too Much Waste? Hire a Skip 

 You can 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. 

 

Declutter Your Home Stress-Free With Barna Recycling 

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. Follow our top decluttering tips and have a stress-free and mess-free holiday season.

Soft Plastic Recycling

Wondering what soft plastic is and if it is recyclable? This blog explores all about soft plastic recycling, from its definition to tips on how to dispose of your soft plastic waste. Barna Recycling has invested in technological advancements allowing us to sort, recover and dispose of different plastic materials. Each household increasing their efforts to dispose of plastic is an essential & positive step for managing recycling plastic packaging waste in the country, and that includes soft plastic recycling. It will help put Ireland a huge step forward towards achieving the increased packaging recycling targets set by the EU. 
 
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.  

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What is soft plastic? 

Soft plastic is any type of plastic that you can scrunch in your hand. Good types of soft plastic are shrunken wraps, plastic carrier bags, toilet roll wrappers, plastic bread bags, zip lock bags, and bubble wrap.

Soft Plastic Recycling: defining if the plastic is recyclable 

A good indicator if plastic is soft and recyclable is to pull on the plastic to see if it stretches. This means the plastic is not laminated and can be recycled. 

If the plastic doesn’t stretch, this means it’s laminated or coated and, therefore, probably not recyclable. These types of plastic are removed during our sorting process for rigid and soft plastic recycling and sent to waste to energy recovery. Examples of non-soft plastics are foil-based packaging, neither netting, polystyrene and foam.

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

Remember to place your recycling materials loose, clean, and dry into your bin. Please do not place your recycling items in a plastic bag. 

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

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Barna’s Soft Plastic Recycling Process and Tips 

  • Once your plastic waste is placed in the household recycling bin, our collection crew then collect your recycling 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 investment, soft plastics can now be segregated in this same way with the use of advanced optical sorting equipment, which facilitates the soft plastic recycling process. 
  • 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.

 

Interesting Facts about Plastic  

  • Plastic makes up 90% of the rubbish in our oceans 
  • Plastic production uses 8% of the world’s oil production 
  • Every ton of plastic that is recycled saves 30 barrels of crude oil 
  • A plastic bag takes 500 years to break down in a landfill 
  • Recycling 1 plastic bottle saves the same amount of energy needed to power a 60-Watt light bulb for 6 hours 

 Items that can be made from recycled plastic bottles include: 

  • Fleece 
  • Sleeping Bags 
  • Backpacks 
  • Dog Beds 
  • 25 large plastic soft drink bottles will make 1 Fleece Jacket 

 

 

How To Reduce Household Waste Disposal In Your Bathroom

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When it comes to reducing household waste disposal, we find that bathroom waste often gets overlooked. However, we all use toiletries, personal care items and bathroom cleaners daily, which makes our bathroom packed with recyclables! 
 
If you take a minute to examine 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, the list is endless. And most importantly, you need to know how and where to dispose of your waste correctly. 
 
Below we have outlined some handy tips and techniques for creating a low-waste, eco-friendly bathroom and reducing household waste disposal.

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Start Reducing Your Household Waste Disposal By Decluttering & Reorganising 

Firstly, I am sure you will agree with us when we say the fewer products you have in your bathroom, the less waste you will produce. So, here is how to start reducing your household waste disposal: 

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

 

Shopping Smart Is Key For Reducing Household Waste Disposal 

Many cosmetics, toiletries, and even toothpaste tubes often come with excessive plastic packaging and cardboard boxes, including those that say are eco-friendly products!  Try to avoid purchasing these products if you wish to reduce your household waste disposal.  

  • Opt for products that come with sustainable, biodegradable, or compostable packaging materials, corrugated bubble wrap, biodegradable foam beads and more. 
  • With boxes or bubble wrap, it is always a good idea to reuse them where possible. 

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Use Biodegradable Products 

  • Looking to reduce your household waste disposal of plastic? Instead of tossing out used plastic combs or brushes, make the switch to a biodegradable bamboo or wooden toothbrush/hairbrush. You can find wooden and bamboo combs and brushes that are all natural, biodegradable, and very stylish! 
  • Switch to using soap bars and shampoo bars to eliminate the use of plastic bottles completely, dramatically reducing household waste disposal of plastic. This is way more eco-friendly and cheaper when compared to liquid soap, shampoos and shower gels that come in plastic containers and non-recyclable plastic pumps. 
  • When it comes to makeup or skincare, it is quite common to use up cotton pads per day and throw them after use. Instead, switch to using washable cotton makeup removal pads, which can be washed along with your regular laundry. Several make-up brands, in fact, reward you for recycling their old products which might be worth looking into. 
  • To create more impact, look for organic, palm oil-free soaps made from natural ingredients without any animal testing and comes with compostable packaging. 

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Know What You Can Recycle In Your Bathroom And Dramatically Reduce Household Waste Disposal 

Are you looking for ways to reduce household waste? The good news is that a LOT of your bathroom waste items can in fact be recycled. Here is a list of that can (and should) be recycled from the bathroom: 

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

Note: Items like nappies, toilet rolls, wipes, and cotton wool CANNOT be recycled and would have to be disposed of in the general waste bin (black Barna bin) 

All items being recycled must be clean, dry, and loose. So be sure to rinse out any bottles and containers before popping them in the recycling bin. You can also check What Goes in My Blue Bin if you are unsure of items that you can recycle. 

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. – mywaste.ie

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 www.barnarecycling.com and our team will advise you on sizes and prices available.

Ways To Recycle Food Waste

With National Food Waste Recycling Week just gone by, it is the perfect time for households to rethink and reduce the level of food waste generated in their homes. 
 
Food waste is transformed into renewable energy and fertilisers for agricultural use. Every tonne of food waste recycled instead of ending up in landfills can prevent about half a tonne of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. (Source: mywaste.ie) 
 
We at Barna Recycling would like to use this time to encourage and help all our customers to implement better ways to recycle food waste through our waste management tips and techniques, which will help households save money and reduce environmental impact. 

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Types of Food Waste 

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

Paying some attention to the food we waste and making minor changes to how we manage our food daily can help make a massive difference to our overall food waste and manage carbon emissions. 

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 Top Tips to Minimising Food Waste 

Below we have outlined some of our top tips to help your household minimise and effectively manage food waste. 

  • Having an organic/food waste bin in your kitchen makes it easier to manage your food waste. You can use this bin to dispose of vegetable peels, eggshells, bones, leftover seeds, etc., while cooking and after. This bin, once full can be emptied into your Brown Barna Recycling Bin. Food waste in the brown bin gets treated and turned into compost. 
  • Paying attention to food waste: Many of us repeatedly waste the same foods. If you’re putting food in the bin, take a second to ask yourself – ‘Why did this end up as waste?’ once you know what foods you are wasting the most and why, you can identify simple actions you can take to avoid food waste.  
  • Try to reuse and re-consume as much as possible: As much as possible, try not to toss out any leftover food in good condition. You can always store that leftover lasagne you had for dinner in the fridge and reheat it again for lunch the next day.  
  • Get Creative: Try making an alternative dish with food almost near its expiry date. For example: Use leftover fruit to bake buns, cakes, crumbles, or other desserts. Bread that is going stale can be used for French toast, to make bread and butter pudding or as croutons for soup or salad. You can make hash browns or patties with leftover mashed potatoes. Click HERE and explore some fantastic recipes. We promise it won’t be long until you have a new favourite dinner! 
  • Plan your meals Creating a meal plan for the week and meal prepping in advance can help you save time and get the most out of your produce. 
  • Shopping Smart: Be sure to check your fridge and cupboards in advance and list all the items you need before heading to the supermarket for your weekly or monthly grocery haul beforehand. Sticking to a list will ensure you effectively manage waste by reducing consumption and buying less. 
  • Home Composting Composting at home is one of the best methods to dispose of food waste. As compost is rich in nutrients and great for your garden, shrubs, or even indoor plants. It is an excellent way to get the final use of your leftover food. You can have a read of our helpful composting guide here. 

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Benefits of a Food Waste Bin 

Having a separate bin for food and organic waste (brown bin) is highly recommended for individuals and households. Using a kitchen top caddy lined with a compostable liner is one of the most effective ways to manage food waste efficiently and has many benefits, such as: 

  • It helps you be more conscious of food wasted  
  • Minimises the amount of food waste created  
  • The food waste in the brown bin can be composted to be used as high-quality fertiliser for soil 
  • The food waste can also be processed into renewable energy such as biogas which can be used to generate electricity 
  • Reduces your overall carbon footprint and saves money 

 

Barna Recycling’s Brown Bin for Food & Organic Waste

The Barna Recycling Brown Bin is specially designed for kitchen and organic waste. The waste in this 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. 

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Watch this video from mywaste.ie on How to Separate your Food Waste 

 

What Can Go into My Brown Bin? 

  • Food Waste (Meat, Fish & Poultry cooked & uncooked) 
  • Leftover food 
  • Bread & Cereals 
  • All types of Pasta/Rice/Noodles 
  • Coffee Grounds and Filters 
  • Dairy – Cheese & Yogurts 
  • Fruit & Vegetables (Rotten & Peels) 
  • Tea Bags/ Tea Leaves 
  • Egg Shells Paper Towels/Napkins 
  • Organic Garden Waste 

What Cannot Go into My Brown Bin? 

  • Glass 
  • Metal 
  • Cans 
  • Clothes & textiles 
  • Oils 
  • Plastic Containers, wrappers, and bags 
  • Nappies 

Visit our website to view the complete list of items that can and cannot be put into your Brown Barna Recycling Bin. For more information on reducing your food waste, contact a member of our team on 091 771619. 

 

Overview Of Barna Recycling’s Household Mobile App Update

*COMPETITION TIME! *

We are giving four lucky customers the chance to win up to 6 months of free service (up to the value of €190.00) by Downloading the New Version of the household App
Any customer who has downloaded and logged into the App from 1st December 2021 to 30th April 2022 will be automatically included in the draw. Winners will be notified via email.

With a range of new and improved features, the upgraded version of our mobile app has been designed to help you manage your waste and recycling needs.

  • For Android users: Simply uninstall the existing Barna Recycling App on your phone and search for Barna Recycling in the App Store and install the new version.
  • iPhone users, on the other hand, should notice an automatic update of their existing app to the upgraded version.

Below we have provided an overview of new features and updates of the mobile app for effective household waste management.

Key Features & Benefits of Barna Recycling’s Household Mobile App

 

  • Improved collection reminders: make sure you turn on your notifications
  • View your collection calendar.
  • View your bin collection history.
  • Monitor the weight of the waste disposed.
  • Pay and/or top up your account and view account transactions.  Use Snap Pay to safely and securely save your credit card details to the App and pay your Barna Recycling bill.
  • Add Direct Debit details through Account Support.
  • Contact our customer support team through Account Support for any queries

Overview of New Features

Below is an overview of new features we have introduced as part of our latest upgrade.

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s): A new FAQ section is now available to provide customers concrete answers to their questions surrounding billing, payments, collection and bin queries and additional services.

  • Update Contact details or address: We have introduced quick and easy steps for customers to update your details on the app. *Once updated it can take up to 48 hours to reflect on the app*

Customer Account Support

What would you like help with today? Find solutions to common problems or get help from a customer care agent. Contact us.

Logging In and Security

To login to the household customer mobile app, you need to have your Barna Recycling user account number and PIN ready.

If you have forgotten our pin – you can recover it through the ‘Recover Pin’ option.
We have also added two-factor app authentication as another layer of security for our customers when accessing features and areas within the app that contain your personal or financial information. My account, Snap Pay and Support. This will require customers to confirm they are authorised to access the data listed.

A One Time PIN (OTP) will be sent to either the email or mobile number associated with the Barna Recycling Account via SMS. Upon entering the OTP, the App will confirm if the Passcode is correct. Once the customer clicks on Confirm Code. They will now have full access to the App.

They will only have to do this once per device. If they download the App to a second device, they will need to enter OTP for that new device.

Easter Colouring Competition 2022

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Enter our Easter Colouring Competition open to children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.

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

Feel free to email this onto any family or friends with kids!

To enter send a photograph of entries to 
competition@barnarecycling.com

Prizes Per Class
A Smyths Toystore voucher for all the winners!
Each class category will receive a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place voucher.

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

Easter Colouring Competition 2021

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Enter our Easter Colouring Competition open to children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.

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

Feel free to email this onto any family or friends with kids!

To enter send a photograph of entries to 
competition@barnarecycling.com

Prizes Per Class
A Smyths Toystore voucher for all the winners!
Each class category will receive a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place voucher.

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

What to do with confidential waste when working from home?

2020 has brought about many new challenges for us all. One of the most topical has been the switch to working from home and the discussion around this new norm going forward.

We have had several inquiries over the past few months about what our customers can do with confidential waste when working from home. Confidential waste refers to documents possessed by any company that can expose discrete information about suppliers, customers, or employees.

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Managing Garden Waste

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This month’s blog looks at how you can manage your larger garden waste such as garden furniture, storage containers, gardening tools, outdoor toys, and hazardous materials. As we are nearing the end of the summer months and school is due to recommence soon, we often find that Barna Recycling customers are looking to dispose of such garden items that are broken and no longer needed.

We had some fantastic summer sunshine in the earlier parts of the summer, which encouraged us to get outside and work on our gardens. Children also needed to be entertained during lockdown so new toys and garden gadgets were brought in to help keep them busy. Some of you may have had long serving garden tools and sheds that were due an upgrade and want to know for to recycle and or safely dispose of these large garden items.

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