Recycling Tips

Barna Recycling’s Top Tips to Disposing Bulky Waste Items

We all have those large items in our house that always tend to take up too much space, yet we never get around to disposing them because are unsure how. These large waste items can be classified as “Bulky Waste”, as they are items that cannot fit in your general waste bins (example: furniture, bedding). We often get asked by customers what to do with these bulky waste items.

Below we have outlined some of our top tips to help you dispose of bulky waste efficiently and effectively.

First, let’s have a look at some of the common bulky waste items:

  • Couches
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Mattress – Did you know? Around eighty per cent (80%) of most mattress’ components can be recycled.
  • Old furniture such as wardrobes, bed frames
  • Large household appliances (fridges, freezers, washing machines, dishwashers)
  • TV

 

Donate To Charity

Before you dispose of your bulky waste in the trash, if it’s in a good condition you could always donate it to a local charity. There are several charities around the country that are willing to collect old but clean and functional furniture from your home and bring it to those in need. The Irish Charity Shops Association website will help you to find the nearest charity shops near you. Be sure to check in advance if the charity shop accepts furniture and large items.

Why not try upcycling?

If you’re still in love with your old furniture and want to get the maximum use out of it, you could always try to upcycle them where possible to create something entirely new. It is also a nice way to spend your weekends, by getting your creative juices flowing. And chances are you could end up creating something spectacular that you can advertise to sell and make some money. Need some more convincing? Check out MyWaste.ie’s video content around upcycling and selling items – Click Here

Civic Amenity Sites

If your bulky item has seen the end of its useable life, and you feel you cannot do any of the above, you can always bring them to your local civic amenity site near you. However, an extra charge would apply for disposing of bedding and mattresses.

A member of the Barna Recycling team will meet you on arrival at the civic amenity site, to identify the contents you want to dispose of. Our experienced and helpful staff will advise you and direct you towards where the materials should be put on site.

On some days and at some sites there are people to help you with the unloading of materials, but this isn’t always the case. If you need help you can always give us a ring to let us know in advance, and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.

Don’t forget we also accept the below free of charge – Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) For more info on how to correctly dispose of WEEE click here

Get the most out of your visit to our civic amenity sites by planning ahead. To see more information about our Civic Amenity Sites please CLICK HERE

Barna Recycling’s Guide to Household Waste Disposal

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The first quarter of the year is the ideal time to start practising new habits when it comes to waste disposal, which we hope you will add to your list of new year resolutions!

And if like us you want to maintain a structured household waste disposal system that is easy to follow, you might be unsure where to start. But you would be delighted to know simple changes to your shopping and waste management habits is all it takes to be more sustainable.

Below we have outlined some of our top tips to make household waste disposal more sustainable for you in 2022:

Food Waste:

Firstly, let’s have a look at some top tips to keep in mind when it comes to Food Waste:

  • Keep an organic/food bin in your kitchen to toss all your vegetable peels, leftover seeds, eggshells, etc., while you are cooking.
  • Be sure to store your fruits and vegetables correctly and use your freezer to reduce wastage and get the most out of your fresh food.
  • As much as possible, try not to toss out any leftover food in good condition. You can always store it in the fridge and reheat it again for lunch the next day.
  • 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.
  • Home Composting is also an excellent way to get the most out of your organic food as well as your green garden waste. Click here to check out our helpful guide on composting to get started!

Shopping:

  • Be sure to check your fridge and cupboards in advance and make a list of all the items that you need before heading to the supermarket for your weekly or monthly grocery haul beforehand. Sticking to a list will ensure you are effectively managing waste by reducing consumption and buying less.
  • Always opt FOR reusable shopping bags to limit plastic waste. Be sure to keep reusable bags in your car or close to the front door or someplace to remind you to take it with you.
  • Likewise, avoid using small plastic bags when picking up fresh fruits or vegetables. Some supermarkets also provide sustainable options that are good for the environment.
  • When it comes to toiletries, cosmetics or household items opt for products that come with sustainable or biodegradable packaging materials that can be reused or recycled easily. With boxes or bubble wrap, it is always a clever idea to re-use them where possible.

Here at Barna, we find that there is always some confusion around which bin packaging items should go in. Check out our blog on correctly disposing of different types of packaging waste.

Announcement: Barna Recycling Household Mobile App Update 2022

The Barna Recycling team is happy to announce the launch of our newly updated household customer mobile app, with a range of new features and improved functionalities to make your life easier.

Android users:

  • Simply uninstall the existing Barna Recycling App on your phone.
  • Once that’s done search for Barna Recycling in the App Store and install the latest version.

iPhone users however should notice an automatic update of their existing app to the latest version.

If you have large volumes of waste that cannot fit into your household bins, you can drop them off at one of our seven local civic amenity sites across Connacht to dispose of them at a reduced cost. Visit our website to find out where your nearest recycling centres might be located. If you have any questions on skip hire, do not hesitate to contact a member of our skip hire team on 091 771619. Also, check out our helpful skip sizing guide here.

Barna Recycling’s Guide To Recycling In 2022

Happy New Year!! It’s that time of year again when we have to say goodbye to our beloved Christmas Tree & decorations. While some people are putting this task off until the very last minute, most of us are inclined to remove our Christmas decorations before they become a nuisance.

At Barna Recycling, we understand a post-Christmas clear out in the new year, especially while we are all still recovering from the holiday season & settling back into our daily routines. We hope to simplify things for you by outlining some of our top tips on managing and recycling your Christmas waste correctly.

1. Christmas Trees

Barna Recycling would advise all of our customers to dispose of their trees in a responsible and effective manner. No one likes to see a sad Christmas tree on the side of the road. The good news is that real Christmas trees can easily be recycled, replanted or shredded into chippings and used in parkland areas. On the other hand, Artificial Christmas trees cannot be recycled but reused and donated to family, friends, or a local charity shop. If any of these are not possible, you can also bring your artificial Christmas trees to a civic amenity site to dispose of.

Find out more ways to dispose of your Christmas tree here.

2. Baubles

Glass and metal baubles can be brought to your local civic amenity site. Glass baubles can also be disposed of in the glass bottle recycling bank. Plastic baubles which are hung on your Christmas tree need to be placed in the waste bin as this type of plastic cannot be recycled. It is also important to remember that baubles are not made for one-time use, so try to reuse them as much as possible. You can get large storage boxes with lids that will keep the baubles safe and you can keep them safely stacked on top of one another.

3. Christmas Lights

Unusable or broken Christmas lights must be brought to the civic amenity site as they are not suitable for recycling. If you are purchasing new lights, the retailer may take the old lights for you, depending on where you are shopping.

4. Christmas decorations

Tinsel and ribbons can only be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are not suitable for recycling. Again, you don’t need to dispose them off every year. They can be stored neatly in storage boxes in the attic and reused every year.

5. Christmas Cards

You can place Christmas cards directly in the household recycling (blue) Barna bin. Going forward, you could also consider sending Christmas cards with a family photo, which is more personal and will likely be kept rather than thrown away.

6. Christmas Wreaths

The Christmas wreath you hang on your door must be taken apart before it can be disposed of. Compostable material can be added to your compost bin. The remaining material needs to be dried out and then placed in your waste bin.

7. Wrapping paper

All wrapping paper is 100% recyclable so don’t be afraid to place this in your recycling bin once all the presents are opened.

8. Batteries & Electrical items

Batteries cannot be disposed of in any of your household bins. You must bring them back to where you purchased them or to a civic amenity site. Alternatively, some supermarkets like Aldi allow customers to dispose of their used batteries directly in some of their stores. Electrical items such as chargers also need to be disposed of correctly. They need to be returned to where you purchased them or should be brought to a designated WEEE drop-off recycling point or your local Civic Amenity Site to be disposed of. Click here for more information on how to dispose of WEEE the right way.

 

9. Food Waste

Along with everything else that goes with Christmas, you must also manage the excess food waste and cooking equipment. Aluminium cooking trays can only be disposed of in your waste bin. Thankfully, many food and nutrition companies are more aware of the importance of recycling and have changed their packaging to be completely recyclable. Make sure to check this on the packaging before getting rid of it to ensure it is disposed of correctly.

You must also wash containers such as milk cartons before placing them in the recycling bin to ensure no residue is left in them. Food Hampers & gifts such as cheese, nuts, jams, pasta, biscuits & chocolates usually have a long shelf life; therefore can be stored and consumed over a period of time. Leftover food from Christmas dinner can be stored away correctly and reused the next day. The remainder of the food can be used as compost. Unused fruits, vegetables, potato peels, tea bags, coffee grounds, eggshells and flowers can all be added to your compost heap. You can also place these items in your brown Barna bin so that it is collected, processed and made into compost. This is then used as a fertilizer for farming.

For more information about food waste management, check out our blog here.

The Barna Recycling team would like to take this opportunity to wish all our valued customers a happy & prosperous New Year!

 

Top Tips To Declutter Your Home Before The Holidays

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Its finally the holiday season! We all love the holidays and getting into the festive spirit, as it means we can finally begin to relax and spend time with our family & loved ones. But there is no denying it can also be the most busiest and chaotic time of the year! This season is usually the time when more waste is produced, and if you are like us you want to make sure your house is clutter-free for the holiday season.

Below we have outlined some of our top tips to follow for a stress-free festive season!

 

Christmas Lights & Decorations:

  • If you have old Christmas lights in unusable condition you can bring them to your local civic amenity site or if you are purchasing replacement lights, the retailer should be happy to take the old ones off your hands.
  • As for old Christmas decorations tinsel and plastic baubles; these are waste items, so they can go in your waste bin. Glass baubles can be brought to local bottle banks or civic amenity sites.
  • Any old decorations made from a single material such as paper, card or rigid plastic only can be placed in the recycling bin.
  • If a decoration is powered by a battery or has any sort of plug, be sure to remove battery separately for recycling, it is considered a WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) item and should be disposed of in a proper manner. (Source: mywaste.ie)
  • This should be brought to a WEEE drop-off recycling point or your local Civic Amenity Site to be disposed of. Click here for more information on how to dispose of WEEE the right way

Christmas Shopping & Deliveries

  • Cardboard Boxes: This can be disposed of in your recycling bin, however, ensure you remove as much packaging tape as you can first and break them down before you dispose them.
  •  Soft packaging such as wrappers, plastic bags and bubble wrap have been added to the household recycling list earlier this year. Re-use boxes & bubble wrap where possible, if not usable then throw them into your recycling bin.
  • Polystyrene foam can ONLY be recycled when separately collected, some civic amenity centres may accept it but be sure to check locally before you arrive. Otherwise, it should always be placed in the general waste bin.
  • Be sure to check your recycling/general waste bins for any packages from time to time. Although unlikely some courier delivery drivers have been known to leave packages in the bins when there’s nobody is in the house at the time of delivery.

 

Christmas Cards & Gifts

It can often be a good idea to have a plan in place on how you and your family will handle Christmas waste. It’s important to understand what to do when Christmas cards, gifts and your online shopping start arriving. Below are some tips to dispose them off correctly:

  • If you happen to receive Christmas cards by post, or if you have old/unusable Christmas cards, you can cut them up and use them to make labels for presents. Alternatively, it’s good to know that these can go in your recycling bin.
  • Try to reuse envelopes by sticking labels over the address or you can simply dispose it in the recycling bin if it is unusable.
  • A lot of common Christmas items such as wrapping paper and old Christmas lights can be brought to your local civic amenity sites or put in your recycling bin.
  • When receiving gifts be sure to take off any Sellotape before putting the gift wrapper in the recycling bin.
  • When you receive gift bags, try to re-use them as much as possible

Barna Recycling’s Top Tips for Christmas Upcycling:

At Barna Recycling, we actively encourage our customers to upcycle and reuse items where possible as it’s better for the environment, saves money and resources. Below are some of our favourite upcycling ideas for Christmas decorations, they are a fun way to get the kids as well as the whole family involved in upcycling.

  • You can use old light bulbs or papers to create a funky bobble decoration for your tree. You can see the below style and more ideas here.
  •  You can use wooden clothespins, hot glue and ribbons to make your own Christmas star. Click here to learn how.
  • Create a unique garland/wreath using old piano sheets, leftover gift tags, paper & more. See ideas here.
  • Don’t toss your wine bottles, they make for beautiful candle holders to light up your festive dinner.
  • Make homemade Christmas cards using up old buttons, fabrics & broken jewellery.

Our Civic Amenity Sites will assist you greatly when clearing out your home before Christmas. We have seven civic amenity sites across Connacht for your convenience, where you can dispose of a large variety of recyclable Christmas waste items like wrapping paper, cardboard and Christmas lights at a reduced cost. Click here to read the benefits of using one of our civic amenity’s sites.

For larger Christmas waste items that cannot be disposed of in your general waste bin, you can consider hiring a skip. 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 useful skip sizing guide here.

Barna Recycling’s Top Tips For Recycling & Upcycling Old Clothing/Textiles

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Here at Barna Recycling, we often find our customers wondering the best way to dispose of old clothes and textiles that have already seen their share of wear & tear. But don’t worry, we got you covered. This blog has outlined plenty of sustainable ways for you to repurpose, recycle, and dispose of old textiles.

1) Shop Smart

Did you know that the textile industry is the second largest contributor to global pollution? (Source: mywaste.ie)

Every piece of clothing you own or use has undergone a complex manufacturing process that utilises a high amount of electricity, water, and energy sources.

When you choose to recycle & upcycle unwanted textiles, you save energy by reducing/ eliminating the need to make materials from scratch. Before purchasing a new piece of clothing, shoes, etc., always think if you need it and will you wear it.

2) Donate to charity

You can also donate clothes & textiles in good condition to local charity shops as there are often non-profits and charities that would be highly grateful for your donation. Generally, the proceeds from clothing sales in charity shops are used to support causes in your local area or community. Some organisations accepting clothing donations are Enable Ireland, Oxfam, NCBI, Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) and Liberty Recycling. The Irish Charity Shops Association website will help you to find your nearest charity shops & clothing banks near you.

Top Barna Recycling Tips:

  • When you donate clothes to a charity shop, you give life to your old clothes and provide financial assistance towards a good cause.
  • When dropping your unwanted clothes at a charity shop, familiarise yourself with other items they may accept for upcycling or re-selling, such as household goods, books, electrical items etc., as some of these shops also take things other than clothes.
  • When dropping off clothes, always look at what’s for re-sale and help the charity by purchasing something on the same journey.
  • Be sure to check in advance if the charity shop accepts bedclothes & duvets.
  • It’s essential to check in advance if heavily soiled or damaged clothes will still be taken in some banks.
  • Old clothing that cannot be re-used can still be shredded first and used for furniture stuffing.

3) Swap/hand them down

If you have used clothes & textiles in good condition, another idea is to passing them on to a friend or a family member if they might be interested in them. Remember to be honest about any damage and wash the clothes before you pass them along. Alternatively, you can also swap a few item with the ones closest to you. This way, you are giving your clothes a new life & everyone walks away happy with some new pieces they can add to their wardrobe for free!

Online platforms such as Facebook Marketplace & Depop also allow you to swap or re-sell your clothing.

4) Transform & Upcycle

With a bit of creativity, you can transform damaged/stained clothes into new items such as face masks, tablecloths, cleaning cloths, blankets, padding for chairs, bags, t-shirts, and so much more! You can check out Pinterest or some DIY YouTube videos for inspiration.

5) Civic Amenity Sites

If you feel you cannot do any of the above, you can always bring large volumes of your old textiles to your local civic amenity site or clothing banks near you. Some of our civic amenity sites will also accept any type of clothing, footwear, textiles, including blankets at selected civic amenity sites. However, an extra charge would apply for disposing of bedding and mattresses.

How does fabric get recycled?

  • After your clothes are collected from various points, the first step is to segregate them into wearable, unusable and usable garments or products.
  • Once the sorting is done, the textiles are shredded & pulled into fibres to form yarn. Other fibres may be added to the mix depending on the end-use of the yarn. The yarn is then re-spun to be re-used, either by being knitted or woven.
  • Any fibre that cannot be made into yarns is processed into fillings, such as insulation or textile filling inside mattresses.
  • If you’re recycling polyester-based textiles, these are granulated into polyester chips. The chips are melted so that they can create new fibres for new polyester textiles.
  • In recent years the most popular method of re-using clothes is through charity shops or re-selling to second-hand shops.

 

Barna Recycling’s Guide to Effectively Disposing Garden Waste

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Our country finally basks in summer sunshine, with temperatures expected to rise even further over the coming days. We imagine for many of us this is the perfect time to get back into gardening, clear out our gardens and backyards to host that long-awaited barbeque and enjoy this unbelievable summer weather!

At Barna Recycling we understand there can be some confusion around what garden waste items are recyclable and how best to dispose of them.

Below we look at each item in detail, along with some excellent tips that you can follow to effectively manage your garden waste.

What is ‘Green’ garden waste?

Green Garden waste is decomposable and consists of flowers, leaves, grass, weeds, tree bark and pruned branches, clippings and twigs, home-grown fruit, or vegetables.mywaste.ie

Your disposal options are:

  • Home Composting – Composting at home is one of the best methods to dispose of garden 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 organic garden waste. You can have a read of our helpful composting guide here.
  • Grass recycling – When mowing the grass in your lawn, you can choose to leave the grass clippings on the ground, so it decomposes naturally. Once on the ground, the grass clippings become dry and decompose quicker, thereby returning valuable nutrients like nitrogen back into the soil.
  • Civic amenity sites – If you have large volumes green garden waste, you could also bring them to our recycling centres at Ballinasloe, Carrowbrowne and Cartrontroy Athlone.
  • Compost / Food Waste Bin – Alternatively, you could also dispose of your green garden waste by putting it in the compost bin.

Old Swing sets and Garden Furniture

If you have an old garden swing set or garden furniture that is still in working condition, you could consider selling them or passing them on to someone you know or donating them to local charity shops. However, if they are not in working condition and if they require disposal, you can bring them to your nearest local civic amenity site.

Garden Chemicals / Liquids

Items like weed killers, petrol/fuel for your lawnmower, pesticides and herbicides, fertilisers, and some plant foods will have to be properly stored and disposed of, as some of these items can be hazardous and can be very harmful to the environment

Here are some of our top tips on safely disposing of these items:

  • While purchasing these items, consider whether the packaging can be recycled and see if environmentally friendly alternatives are available.
  • 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.
  • Be sure to get in-store advice on how much you need beforehand, so you are only buying as much as you need and not overstocking/overusing.
  • 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 hospitalisation.
  • 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 full list of items accepted at your nearest centre.
  • If the civic amenity site cannot take the item, contact a specialist hazardous waste company who may collect the item from you directly.

If you have large volumes of garden waste or are undertaking bigger garden projects, then hiring a skip would be the best 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 to advise you on sizes and prices available.

Barna’s Top Tips to Declutter Your Homes for The Summer

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With the significant easing of COVID restrictions this month and the promise of good summer weather finally setting in, our country has taken a giant step on the road back to normality. What better way to get a fresh start to the season than decluttering your home?

From clearing out the massive mess in the shed, old clutter in the attic, and sorting out all the unused clothing, old blankets, bedding to old books, now is the perfect time to deep clean your homes inside out before heading off on your well-deserved summer staycation!

In this blog, we have outlined our top tips and key information to help you understand what to do with the different types of waste from your home clear out. Where and how to dispose of them to make your life easier and set you up to enjoy the summer months in peace.

Get to Know Your Local Civic Amenity Site

Barna’s purpose-built Civic Amenity 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. 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’s 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.

Items Accepted

Below are examples of a few 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, 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 it free of charge. Check out our blog to find out more about disposing of WEEE items,

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.

Additionally, you can also 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.

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’s Guide to Waste Disposal for Households

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As our country takes another stride towards normality with the recent easing of COVID restrictions, we are all looking forward to enjoying the fresh summer evenings. And what better way to get a fresh start for this most awaited season than decluttering your house? And if like us you want to get your house organised now while you are waiting for the sun to appear, you might be confused or unsure as to where to dispose of certain items.

Well, we got you covered with the perfect guide.

We have come up with an easy guide for you to follow, which indicates what can and cannot go into your waste bin and how to dispose of other larger items that cannot fit in your household bins.

So, let us start with what can go in your waste bin:

  • Nappies
  • Tin Foil
  • Aero board
  • Contaminated and wet paper
  • Ashes can but they must be placed in a bag after they have cooled before placing them in the waste bin, it reduces the risk of fire and dirtying the bins.

Now let’s look at what cannot go into your waste bin:

  • Paint cans – They can only be brought to a local Civic Amenity Site.
  • Clothes cannot 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), all electrical goods retailers must be registered as a producer of WEEE and take back your old electrical equipment free of charge when you buy new goods – you can read our blog to find out more about disposing of WEEE.
  • Batteries – Used batteries can be brought back to shops, a lot of supermarkets have drop off points to recycle batteries.
  • Glass – should be washed and brought to your nearest bottle banks.
  • Duvets cannot be disposed of in your waste bin, but they can be brought to your local Civic Amenity Site.

If you are still unsure about how to dispose of an item, be sure to check if the item can be disposed of in the recycling or food waste bin here. This will allow you to keep the weight down in your general waste bin and reduce your bin costs. Here at Barna Recycling we always recommend using our general waste bin (black Barna bin) as a last resort.

Disposing Larger Items:

For larger items that cannot be disposed of in your general waste bin, you should consider hiring a skip. 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 useful skip sizing guide here.

The benefits of hiring a skip include:

  • You can keep the skip as long as you require it.
  • The convenience of not having to take large awkward items in your car to the Civic Amenity Site.
  • By hiring a skip you are doing your part to protect the environment, as we are responsible for the management of waste in an environmentally friendly manner.

However, there are certain items that cannot go in a skip, which are as follows:

  • Hazardous Waste: The big 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 causes great confusion is around electrical items, especially large household appliances. 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: Such as food scraps, soiled nappies, and sanitary items.
  • Liquid Concrete

If you would like more information on where to dispose of certain items or would like to order a skip give our team a call today on 091 771619.

Tips For Reducing Your Use Of Plastic

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Are you looking to reduce your use of single-use plastics in your home but not sure exactly how to start or just need a bit of inspiration as to alternatives you can use instead of going for the safe option of a e.g. plastic water bottle, then look no further, we’ll set out 8 steps you can take to start reducing plastic in your home today, and don’t worry they aren’t too drastic, just small changes that can make a big difference.

1. Carry reusable shopping bags

Do you often go to pick up some groceries and then have to pay for a plastic bag to get them home? Why not start carrying around reusable shopping bags? Pop some bags in the boot of your car or leave them beside your shopping list, somewhere you’ll remember to grab them on your way out on shopping days. And why not use them for more than just grocery shopping, use them for the likes of clothes shopping too!

2. Food packaging

Approximately 25% of domestic waste is from packaging. Supermarkets offer more biodegradable food packaging options instead of carrying some loose netting or reusable bags to pack fruit, veg, or baked goods.

3. Stop using plastic bottles of water

Why not invest in a reusable water bottle and bring this to work/ on walks/ to the gym and just generally when you are out and about, a lot of restaurants/ bars are happy to refill your reusable bottle for you when you’re on the go. Not to mention using a reusable bottle will save you a lot of money in the long run.

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4. Use a reusable travel mug for tea/ coffee

Similar to the step above, bringing a reusable travel mug with you when getting take away teas/ coffees will help reduce your use of single-use plastics. And often times, if you are using a reusable cup the shop will give you a small discount on the cost of your drink.

5. Don’t get the little plastic table when ordering pizza

This is something many people wouldn’t even think of, but when ordering a takeaway pizza, ask the restaurant not to include a little plastic table in your pizza!

6. Cut back on frozen convenience foods

There is a lot of packaging used for frozen convenience foods, we aren’t saying stop buying them altogether, they are handy to have in, for busy evenings when you don’t have time to cook, but why not try cutting back on the number of frozen convenience foods you currently purchase.

7. Choose toilet paper not wrapped in plastic

A lot of toilet roll suppliers are now using an alternative to plastic wrapping, they are using paper which is much more widely recycled. Why not opt for these brands of toilet roll over the plastic-wrapped options.

8. Choose shampoo, not in plastic bottles

Some shampoo producers are working on innovative ways to produce their shampoo without using plastic bottles. You could do some research to find suppliers who are moving away from the use of plastic bottles and find one you like.

These are just some simple ideas to get you started on reducing the use of single-use plastics in your home.

Top Christmas Recycling Tips

At Barna Recycling we know your recycling bin will be jam packed following a visit by the main man, Santa Claus on the 25th of December.

To help you recycle as much paper and cardboard packaging as possible over the festive season, we have compiled the following helpful hints with a little help from www.recyclemore.ie!

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