The Three Bins – Everything you need to know!
By now, we’ve all become familiar with the three bins that are in many of our homes and businesses. However, how much do we know about what goes into them and where they go after they’re full?
The Brown One (Organic Waste)
When you think of this bin, think FOOD, and not just your leftover dinner either. If you used kitchen paper to clean up after a messy lasagne, that will go into the brown bin too. Here is a list of what you CAN put in the brown bin: cooked and raw foods such as meat, dairy, fruit & vegetables; napkins, paper plates and even pizza boxes with cheese stuck to it; grass cuttings, leaves, weeds, cut flowers etc, tea bags, coffee grinds/filters etc. Things you CANNOT put in the Brown Bin include any type of plastic or glass, medical waste, oil, cigarette butts, animal waste, vacuum cleaner bags and their contents, rocks or gravel, clothes, ashes, nappies or any other types of personal hygiene products.
The contents of the Brown Bin are sent to an organic fertiliser for composting and anaerobic digestion. Both composting and anaerobic digestion (AD) produce an organic fertiliser that is used to enhance the value of land and AD has the added benefit of generating bio-gas, which in turn is used to generate heat and power. This contributes to Ireland’s requirements under Climate Change legislation to replace the use of fossil fuels with alternative renewable fuels, such as bio-gas. And now you know!
The Green One (Recycling)
The bin that helps us to do our bit for the environment. The Green Bin will happily accepts paper, newspapers/magazines, clean & dry cardboard (the dirty cardboard goes in the brown bin), cans, tetra packs (orange juice cartons), plastic bottles, yoghurt cartons (if cleaned out first). Don’t forget, those plastic bottles in your bathroom (shampoo etc) can also be recycled but big plastics, such as old toys, cannot. Best to use our junk removal service for those.
Recycling reduces the volume of waste sent to landfills and plays an important part in preserving the quality of the environment.
The Black/Grey One (General Waste)
The hungriest of all the bins, but it’s important to remember that this isn’t a one for all waste solution. In the past, everything from this bin was brought to the dump and we didn’t think too much about it again, until that is, the dumps could no longer cope with the amount of waste we were generating and we had to take a closer look at what was going on – hence the introduction of the three bin solution in 2013. If you’ve got a brown bin, it’s important that you use them, exactly as we have outlined above. If you do, you’ll find that you’re getting more value out of your black bin, which can take everything else EXCEPT, medical waste, paint cans/motor oil, rocks/bricks, hazardous waste and electrical goods. Please use Kollect’s junk removal service to get rid of any of your old electrical goods.
The contents of this bin are sent to modern landfills which can turn much of the rubbish into fuel at Waste-to-Energy plants in Ireland and other EU states such as Holland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.
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