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New Waste Regulations for Householders in Ballina & Castlebar

From July 01st householders in the towns of Castlebar and Ballina will see a major change in the way their waste is collected. New regulations aimed at cutting down on the volume of waste food going to landfill come in to force on this date and those on a waste collection service in towns with a population over 10,000 will have to place their food waste in a separate brown bin.

The contents of the brown bin will then be taken by their waste contractor to a composting facility, where it will be used to produce high quality compost.  Householders will have to keep food waste separate from normal waste by placing it is a compostable bag or wrapping it in newspaper and then placing it in the brown bin. All types of food waste can be placed in the brown bin including vegetable peelings, stale bread and meat and fish waste.

Sharon Cameron, Environment Awareness Officer welcomes the new regulations,

The average family in Ireland throws out a third of all the food that they buy costing up to €1000 a year. Most of this food ends up in landfill where it leads to the production of greenhouse gases that can damage the environment. The new system will take a while to get used to but once householders get into the swing of it, it will be no problem. The new brown bin system will mean waste food can be used as a resource and turned into compost. Once householders start to separate out their food from other waste I hope that they will see how much they are throwing out unnecessarily and begin to cut down on food wastage’ Householders that are already composting at home are encouraged to continue to do so and to use their brown bin for meat and dairy waste that are not suitable for home composting.

From 2015 the brown bin system will be rolled out to towns with a population of over 1500 and in 2016 to populations of over 500.

For further information please see or contact your waste contractor.

For great tips on cutting down on food waste view or contact Sharon Cameron, Environment Awareness Officer on 094 9047360 or email:

Posted: 27/06/2014
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