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  • Notice for Change of Collections!

    Customers,

    In order to catch up on the collections that didn’t take place last Thursday and Friday, our trucks are doing double shifts Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week. We hope to have most of the backlog cleared by Wednesday night. We will let customers know by text or email on the day prior to the collection taking place where possible.

    We thank you for your co-operation while getting the backlog cleared.

    Thank you for your patience,

    The Barna Recycling team.

  • Christmas Recycling and Upcycling Tips

    The countdown is on for what will be a rather unique Christmas this year. Even Santa has had to go and get special permission to travel freely outside of the north pole!

    Fear not though, as a global pandemic cannot take away all our festive cheer at this time of the year. While we all begin to rest and relax it is important to not forget about reducing, reusing, and recycling when it comes to Christmas waste. Christmas time is indeed a time for caring, sharing and giving, but many of us also follow the eat, drink and be merry guidelines. All of which leads to a seasonal increase in waste volumes. Many of us will increase our grocery shopping, we give and receive gifts, buy decorations and so on. That is why we want to share some of our tips on how to reuse, reduce and recycle at home this Christmas.

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  • 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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  • How and why you should dispose of your waste

    Hands up if you have been buying online more and more in recent months? Many of us have switched our shopping habits to buying our groceries, clothes, shoes, toys and more online. Products bought online can be heavily packed with cardboard boxes, plastics, paper, bubble wrap and foam.

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  • The difference between recycling and upcycling

    Recycling has been a big buzz word for years now, across workplaces, schools and even in our own homes. With the European Union and Irish government encouraging us all to take better control of how we dispose of our waste, doing so more effectively and recycling the correct items.

    Upcycling is a newer term and is gradually being used more often. You are most likely to hear it referred to in conversations around home furniture or clothing, but most items can be upcycled.

    Benefits of Recycling and Upcycling

    Upcycling is simply a different type of recycling. The main aim of both is to reduce the volume of waste materials being sent to landfill or recovery sites each year. Making for a greener environment.

    The benefits include:

    • Save on energy resources
    • Reduces air pollution, water pollution & greenhouse gas emissions
    • Preserving natural materials such as wood, water, and minerals
    • Protecting wildlife and eco systems with reduced harvesting of raw materials
    • Job creation

    What is the difference?

    Upcycling is where you turn your waste items that are broken or no longer needed and improve their quality or create a new use for them. It is seen as a more sustainable solution and gives older items a new lease of life, ensuring their lifespans are extended.

    Recycling is the process of converting waste materials such as plastic, paper, glass, and metals such as aluminium and steel into new materials and objects. This is dependant on individuals ensuring they have recycled the correct items and that recycling bins are not contaminated.

    Should you choose upcycling over recycling?

    Recycling is a responsible method of managing discarded waste materials, but it does require energy to break down these recyclable materials. Once these items have been processed and broken down, they are then sold onto manufacturers to create new products.

    Whereas with upcycling there is no need for excess energy consumption, and it can be done at home, with few or no additional tools or costs. It also allows you to create one of a kind items, and who does not like to have something unique.

    So, upcycling does appear to have the upper hand over recycling.

    Upcycling Ideas

    • Books
      • Desk Organiser – All you have to do is take a stack of book pages, cut two circles, insert toilet role tubes, and use the circular spaces you have created to hold pens.
      • A Planter – Yes people are using old books for succulent plants. You simply open the book, hallow out the centre of the book, line it and get planting. The perfect accessory for a coffee table.
      • Picture Frame – Books can stand up on their own so why not make a unique picture frame. You can paint over a book or decorate it however you like. Simply cut out a ‘frame’ in the front cover and attach the picture to the inside of it.
      • Decoration – Take you favourite book, insert a piece of rope and hang your books from the ceiling to make a unique space for your home
    • Cd’s & DVD’s
      • Coasters – Decorate old disks into funky coasters.
      • Mosaic Style – You can easily create a mosaic style frame for pictures or mirrors, or you can even do so to flowerpots, candle holders, bird baths and more
      • Wardrobe divider – Create clear dividers for your summer and winter clothes by labelling a disk and inserting on the rail in your wardrobe.
      • Box- Upcycle an old wooden box by gluing broken pieces of cd’s to it, adding some texture.
    • Video & Cassette Tapes
      • Boxes/ holders – Create unique boxes or holders to hang on your office wall or sitting room.
      • Coffee Table – Some people have used their old video tapes to make unique coffee tables with storage.
      • They can be glued to create bookends.
      • Knitting – You can use these old tapes as a wool feeder while knitting to prevent tangling.

  • Managing Garden Waste

    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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