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ISO 14001 Successfully Upgraded

In August 2018 Barna Recycling successfully completed a transition from our original ISO 14001 award to the newest standard ISO 14001:2015. This represents a major achievement for the company as the entire management system had to be reviewed and updated. The award also demonstrates a huge commitment for the future in relation to the continuous improvement of our environmental performance and ensuring we are committed to the prevention of pollution and conservation of natural resources which are attributed to our facility as well as complying with relevant environmental legislation and regulations.

 

The ISO 14001 system is independently awarded by the NQA and is subject to ongoing auditing to ensure we achieve the targets and objectives which we set ourselves. This years transition to the new standard is the first major change since the old standard was developed in 2004 and Barna Recycling have now been ISO 14001 certified for 16 consecutive years.

Ireland’s place in the world’s production & reproduction of plastic

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Over the last 3 years Ireland has recycled enough plastic to fill the Aviva Stadium  – but this is just 35% of  the country’s total plastic waste.”

In January of this year, China introduced restrictions on what type of waste is acceptable for import, these new restrictions virtually bans the import of recyclable waste into China. This has forced European countries including Ireland to rethink what to do with plastic waste.

The recent ban of plastic into China has Ireland thinking about how we dispose of our plastic. Recycling List Ireland has come up with a very informative video, explaining to us where our plastic goes to and how it is recycled.

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Download our Free Customer Household App

Barna Recycling are delighted to announce that we now have a free Household Customer app available for our Barna Recycling Household Customers. The app is currently available for Android phones only but will be available for iPhone users in the next few weeks.

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Repak Pushing Recycling Education in Schools

Repak recently created the ‘Recycle and Change for the Better’ education programme to teach students about best recycling practices in a response to the rising levels of recycling bin contamination in Ireland.

This programme is set up in the hope to change student attitudes and behaviours and encourage them to become passionate ambassadors. Repak have created 5 animation videos to teach the students about the importance of recycling. The videos include lessons from Jenny the Jam Jar, Cormac the Can, Bridget the Bottle, and Bobby the Box.

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The Food Waste Charter Initiative

The Irish Government has launched a new food waste initiative to halve the food waste dumped here every year by 2030. This initiative was put in place by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten.

The initiative includes leading retailers, who will be asked to agree changes in policy and practice that have an impact on cutting down food waste. According to the Indpendent.ie ‘around 40% of wastage comes from food production, while 60% comes from the household and commercial sector.

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St. Patrick’s Day Collection

St Patricks Day Barna Recycling

St. Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us. Barna Recycling will be collecting bins as normal this Friday the 17th March. Please make sure to put your bins out the night before as some areas may be serviced earlier than usual due to the St. Patrick’s Day parades.

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Recyclable Waste Bins Shipped Back to Ireland Due to Contamination

A recent news report from RTÉ has indicated that 160 containers of recycling bin waste was returned to Ireland from Rotterdam last month. The waste was en route to paper mills in China but was sent back due to contamination.   The waste was returned for containing a mix of paper, cardboard, plastic and other materials. The Department of Environment will be launching a public awareness campaign in the coming weeks to encourage further waste segregation.

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‘Stop Food Waste’ Campaign

In a recent article by the Farmers Journal, figures show we are generating over 1 million tonnes of food waste per year. The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten said that out of the 1 million tonnes of food waste produced in Ireland each year, 40% comes from food production, 34% from the commercial sector and 26% from households.

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