Brown Bin and Food Waste
Johnstown Recycling provide a brown bin collection service and are one of the leading composting facilities in the Midlands.
Why Is Food Waste Recycling Important?
In Ireland the average household sends about half a tonne of waste to landfill every year. 40% of this waste is made up of food waste. Most of this is avoidable waste which we should all work on reducing. That said, households will always have some degree of food waste, but this doesn’t have to mean it’s ‘wasted’. Recycling food waste whether by composting it at home or putting it in your brown bin means you have saved it from being wasted. Instead you have helped to keep it within the food loop.
A Johnstown Recycling brown bin is for the collection of all your household food waste.
It saves money because you become more aware of the food you waste. The average family wastes €50 per month on discarded food. See www.stopfoodwaste.ie for tips to reduce food waste and is cheaper to use than your waste bin.
It's better for the environment to use a brown bin because you are avoiding sending food waste to landfill where it produces harmful greenhouse gases.
The contents of the brown bin is brought by Johnstown Recycling to a composting facility, where it is used to produce a high quality compost.
You can put any of the following into your Johnstown Recycling brown bin:
> Raw or cooked food
> Meat, poultry & fish, including bones
> Leftover food from your plate & dishes
> Fruit & vegetables
> Tea bags, coffee grinds & paper filters
> Breads, cakes & biscuits
> Rice, pasta & cereals
> Dairy products (cheese, butter, yoghurt)
> Soups & sauces
> Eggs, egg shells & cardboard egg boxes
> Food soiled paper napkins, paper towels & pizza boxes
> Newspaper (when used for wrapping food waste)
> Out of date food with packaging removed (no glass/plastic)
Grass clippings and small twigs can also be added
to your large brown bin.
Please do not put any of the following materials into your Johnstown Recycling brown bin:
> Plastic bags/bottles
> Packaging of any sort
> Metal cans/wire
> Ashes, coal or cinders
> Pet faeces or litter
> Cooking oils
Plastic bags are made from petrochemical plastics, that do not break down in the composting process but contaminate it. Please remember that if plastic is found in your brown bin, your brown bin will not be emptied and a contamination tag will be placed on your bin to inform you of this. You can use compostable bags or newspaper.
The newspaper will absorb any liquid and is completely compostable. If you would prefer to use compostable bags, please use bags which are 100% compostable.
If in Doubt Phone and Find Out – contact Johnstown Recycling 086 - 2599 165