Break it Down

Lots of people aren’t using their brown bin.
We want to find out why and help you
understand the food waste cycle.

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30% of the food we buy ends up in the bin

Food Waste

When food waste is sent to landfill, it rots and releases the harmful greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere and causes leachate which pollutes our rivers and soils. We can help prevent this by using the brown bin service which will convert our food waste into compost.

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Good news! All households with a black bin service will receive a brown bin by 2016.

Brown Bin

By separating your kitchen food waste into your brown bin you can prevent food waste going to landfill. When using your brown bin regularly you’ll notice how little waste goes into the black bin. It makes sense for your pocket and the environment.

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97% of our brown bin waste is recycled here in Ireland whereas only 26% of our plastics, 5% of glass and 0.5% of paper are recycled here.

Waste Collection

It’s hard to know where your food waste goes once your brown bin is emptied into the truck. Rest assured it’s being delivered to one of the many industrial composters across Ireland. Food waste recycling is the most localised of all recycling methods unlike our plastics, paper and glass recycling that gets exported for reprocessing.

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Compost piles reach temperatures of 70 degrees killing all bacteria

Industrial Composting

Your waste collector delivers the brown bin waste to the industrial composter. These are large enclosed units where food waste breaks down naturally and reaches temperatures of up to 70 degrees killing all bacteria. After 12 weeks the compost is mature and ready for sale. This is one of the simplest recycling processes using very little energy and resources.

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Compost made from food waste provides more long term benefits to soil than artificial fertilisers

Crop Growth

This nourishing compost is sold to local farmers, landscape architects, horticulturists and amateur gardeners. The compost derived from food waste is much more nutritious than the compost you buy in a garden centre. Best of all it’s locally made and you had a part in making it.

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67% of people try to buy Irish

Market Place

The farmers then use this compost to grow crops which are sold back into the supermarkets, thereby closing the food loop. Wouldn’t it be great to know which products in the supermarket were grown using compost made up of your nutritious food waste?

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Food Waste

And so the food waste cycle starts again. As you know up to a third of the food you buy in the supermarket could end up in the bin. Help keep this food in the loop by using the brown bin.

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