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  • 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: 
    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 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. 


  • Barna Recycling’s Complete Moving House Checklist: Student Edition

    With finishing exams season and the academic year ending, it is that time of the year again where students move back home for the summer months. At Barna Recycling, we understand that moving out can be very hectic especially when you are living in rented student accommodation.

    A frequent practice by students is to bring home unnecessary waste and items that they will never use again after the academic year is over. So instead of having to bring all this waste back home in the car, it’s a good idea to do a complete clear-out of your student accommodation.

    Below we provide some of our top tricks and tips for students and parents owners that will help you on moving day! Sometimes it is difficult to know where you can dispose of your rubbish, what to do with any books, exam papers and notes that you don’t want to see the sight of again. You are probably wondering where to put all the cans, glass bottles, traffic cones, election posters or any other mysterious items you may have collected throughout the year.

    How can I dispose of my rubbish?

    When moving out of your rental accommodation, it is difficult to know which waste items from your home clear out would go into your usual waste bins and what shouldn’t. You want to the leave the property as clean as possible as it was when you moved in.
    This Newsletter will provide valuable tips and tricks for students and parents.


    • Books & Papers: If you have old college books in good condition, you can donate them to the college library or request the student’s union to sell them on your behalf. Alternatively, you can pass them on to someone who has signed up to do the same course/subject in the upcoming academic year. If the books can’t be reused, you can put old books in your recycling bin.
    • Glass Bottles: If you need to dispose of glass bottles, visit your nearest bottle bank. However, make sure they are washed, dried, and separated into brown, clear or green glass.
    • Cans: once washed can go in your recycling bin too.
    • Clothes, Bedding & Mattresses: Any type of old clothing, footwear, textiles including blankets in unusable condition can be brought to your local civic amenity sites to be disposed off a reduced rate. Alternatively, clothes in usable condition that you no longer want can be given to siblings or friends, brought to a charity shop or your nearest, clothes bank.
    • 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.
    • Kitchen Items: If you have kitchen items that are in good condition but do not need to be kept, a charity shop would only be delighted to receive them.

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    If helping clear out their student accommodation, come prepared with a bucket load of patience, rubber gloves, cleaning items and black bags

    • Help them to decide what items they want to keep and what needs to be thrown out.
    • Have a rubbish bag prepared for general waste and one for recycling
    • Try and decide what they want to do with the bulky items first such as the bed clothes, pots and pans, kettles etc If they are being dumped or recycled it will save quite a bit of space in the car. If they are being kept, then it will help them to see that there is little room left in the car and to be stricter about what they are keeping.
    • Encourage them to go through clothes and dump anything that is well worn or has holes in it (provided it’s not the good jeans with rips at the knees!)
    • To make the process fast and efficient, while the student is sorting through their room, you could be packing up items in the kitchen and cleaning out their presses.
    • Encourage them to recycle or sell on any old books, notes, clothes, or other useful items such as a bike before the moving out date.
    • If the kitchen items are in good condition but do not need to be kept, a charity shop would only be delighted to receive them.
    • Many charities often have collection points or van pickups at universities so make sure to ask or enquire about these services if suitable.

    Get to Know Your Local Civic Amenity Site

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

    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.

    Alternatively, you can choose to hire a skip, which also 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 Recycling’s Easy Guide to a Spring Home Clear-out

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    With summer sunshine truly underway, we are all enjoying the current spell of good weather. If you are like us, you would agree that now is the perfect time to declutter your homes inside out to enjoy the summer months. However, you might often wonder what waste items from your home clear out would go into your usual waste bins and what shouldn’t.

    In this article, we have outlined some tips and key information to help you understand what can and can’t go into your waste bin and how to dispose of oversized items that can’t fit in your household bins.

    So, what can go into your General waste bins?

    • Nappies
    • Ashes (Must be cooled and tied in a bag to reduce the risk of fire and dirtying the bins)
    • Tin Foil
    • Aero board
    • Contaminated & Wet Paper

    Check out our blog on top tips for waste awareness & disposal for more detailed information.

    Items that cannot go into your General Waste Bin

    • Paint cans – You can bring them to a local Civic Amenity Site
    • Clothes can’t 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)– You can find out more about disposing of WEEE items at our blog.
    • Batteries – You can bring used batteries back to shops, many supermarkets have drop off points to recycle batteries,
    • Glass – should be washed and brought to your nearest bottle bank,
    • Duvets can’t be disposed of in your waste bin, but they can be brought to your local Civic Amenity Site
    • Bulky waste items – Old furniture, couches, mattresses, tables, and large household appliances that have seen the end of its useable life can be brought to a local civic amenity site near you.

    Hiring a skip

    You can consider hiring a skip for larger items that can’t be disposed of in your general waste bin, which makes decluttering your homes so much easier. 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 handy skip sizing guide here.

    Benefits of hiring a skip:

    • You can keep the skip as long as you require it. *Please be advised that a weekly rental charge may apply
    • You have the convenience of not having to take large, awkward items in your car to the Civic Amenity Site.
    • If you are a Barna Recycling customer, you can get a discount if you order a skip from us. All you need is to have your Barna Recycling Account number handy.

    Items that can’t go in a skip are as follows:

    • Hazardous Waste: A significant 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 cause great confusion is around electrical items, especially large household items. 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 includes food scraps, soiled nappies, and sanitary items.
    • Liquid Concrete

    For more information on skip hire, do not hesitate to contact a member of our skip hire team on 091 771619.

  • Overview Of Barna Recycling’s Household Mobile App Update


    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

    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


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