If you cannot Eliminate your Waste – Reduce Reuse then Recycle
If you cannot Eliminate, Reduce or Reuse your Waste, Recycling is the next best option. Recycling saves on energy, raw materials, waste disposal costs, trees and reduces the need for Landfill Sites. Recycling reduces the amount of litter strewn around our streets and hedgerows, and can even create jobs in your locality. For a considerable number of years people have become committed to the concept of recycling waste, we have all got used to having a kerbside “Dry Goods Recycle Bin” (Green Bin) and a kerbside “Organic Recycle Bin” (Brown Bin) collection every fortnight, or visiting our local “Civic Amenity Centre” to deposit material for treatment and recycling.
Recycling initiatives are by now well established in Newbridge principally provided by:
• Kerbside collection for Dry Recyclables (aka the “Green” Bin);
• Kerbside collection for Organic Recyclables (aka the “Brown” Bin);
• Kerbside collection for Glass;
• Bring Banks for Glass;
• Bring Banks for Cans;
• Bring Banks for Clothes & Fabric;
Recycling is very important, however Recycling of all the materials above require the product to be processed through a “Waste Treatment” process prior to the material being available for a new use. We would encourage everybody to develop a recycling mentality and segregate your household waste – after all waste disposal hits you in the pocket. The Polluter Pays Principle means that the more you recycle the less your household waste disposal bill will be.
What can be Recycled?
- Much of the material traditionally disposed of in your waste wheeled bin can and should be recycled or reused:
- The most common household items which can be readily recycled are:
- Batteries, but not in your bin!
- Cans / Metals / Aluminium;
- Clothes & Textiles;
- Composting Vegetable / Food Waste;
- End of Life Vehicle (ELV) Cars, Vans, Motorcycles;
- Fluorescent Tubes;
- Glass Bottles & Jar;
- Mobile Phones;
- Oils, Paints & Detergents;
- Print Toner;
- Paper and Cardboard Products; Plastics, Bottles; White Goods (Fridge / Microwave / Electrical etc.)
All batteries, both the domestic kind used in toys and household appliances, and industrial including car batteries can be recycled. Because of recent legislation domestic batteries can be recycled through any retailer who sells batteries, and those who sell industrial or car batteries must also take back your used battery for correct disposal.
The batteries are then taken to the recycling plant where the acid is neutralised, and the metal battery parts are shredded for transportation to a smelting plant. The lead is eventually reused in the manufacture of new batteries.
Never dispose of batteries in your wheeled bin or fireplace as this will harm the environment and could be a danger to your health.
Cans / Metals / Aluminium Foil:
Aluminium Cans / Foils, or “Tin” Food Cans – both ferrous and non-ferrous metals have been recycled for many years, and while the majority of metal products being recycled at present come from industrial sources, you can recycle your aluminium drink cans & “tin” cans in which some foodstuffs are packed (please wash all cans prior to placing in recycling bin).
So called “Tin Cans” can be recycled via your Green Bin, at some local recycling centres, and most responsible workplaces and schools will also have a recycling bin which like the home collection will be collected periodically and sent for recycling.
What however happens if you are in a public area, park or on the street – you probably place the can in the refuse bin – and it is uncertain whether this waste is sorted to extract recyclables, and the can will therefore probably go to landfill. So in this case consider taking the can home and recycle it there. (Some Council areas provide separate bins for recyclables on the streets or in parks, these bins are separated in order that you can place plastics in one bin, cans in another and other waste in a third bin – if this facility is in your area please use the correct bin to dispose of your drinks cans.)
Aluminium beverage cans may be infinitely recycled into new cans, so recycling cans saves on natural resources, cuts down on the need for mining new ores, saves on energy consumption, water usage and contributes to reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Don’t forget to recycle aluminium trays, foil, aerosol cans in your recycle bins, steel or so called “tin” cans are also recyclable in your recycle bins;
Alupro Ireland (Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation) , founded in 2007, aims to stimulate awareness and focus the public interest on aluminium packaging recycling and the benefit in protecting our natural resources by recycling aluminium packaging.
Other waste metal can be recycled at Silliot Hill Integrated Waste Management Facility.
Clothes & Textiles:
Good quality clothes and fabrics can be recycled for reuse / resale. There are clothes recycling facilities located at the Dunne’s Stores, Tesco’s, Lidl, and other retail outlets, in addition to these clothes “bins” there are a significant number of “charity shops” in the town. Please only donate clean re-usable clothes to these facilities.
Poor quality clothing and fabrics can be reused in a number of ways or indeed for use as upholstery stuffing etc.
Kildare County Council provide Christmas Tree recycling / shredding facilities each January
Composting is another method of recycling – recycle uncooked vegetable peelings, tea leaves / bags, coffee grounds, egg cartons, grass clippings, hedge clippings, old plants and garden cuttings, fallen leaves, fruit and vegetable remnants, crushed egg shells, even newspapers in your garden compose heap/bin or in the kerbside composting “Brown Bin”. Naturally occurring bacteria break down the waste and turn it into compost.
End of Life Vehicle (ELV) Cars, Vans, Motorcycles
Where the owner of a car or van deems the vehicle to be beyond use, the vehicle can be
brought to a designated Authorised Treatment Facility for dismantling, de-polluting, safely removing all fluids and catalytic converters, and recycling as much of the vehicle as possible. For current Authorised Treatment Facilities in Kildare check Kildare County Council’s Website
Fluorescent lighting tubes can be recycled at Silliot Hill Civic Amenity Site .
Furniture & Floorcovering:
Where possible find ways of reusing old furniture or floorcoverings, however if you cannot find a new use, dispose of the furniture in a responsible manner, or check with local charities who may be in a position to accept donations of furniture to e.g. Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
Glass Bottles & Jars:
There are a number of glass recycling banks in Newbridge, the main ones are located in:
- Tesco’s Newbridge:- Beverage Cans / Clothes and Textiles / Glass Bottles and Jars / Plastic Bottles;
- Lidl Newbridge:- Beverage Cans / Clothes and Textiles / Glass Bottles and Jars
Please ensure that you sort your glass bottles and jars by colour (clear, brown and green) and place them in the correct container, removing caps or corks from bottles prior to depositing in the recycling container. Place only glass bottles & jars in the containers – flat (window) glass and ceramics are not acceptable.
If the containers are full please bring your recyclables home and return another day.
Do not Litter the Recycling Area – Never leave your box or bag at the glass recycling point
There are thousands of old and unused mobile phones in Ireland. Mobile phone retailers will take back your obsolete mobile phone when you purchase a new one; some have recycle boxes into which you can deposit disused phones at any time. Some charities e.g. Jack & Jill Foundation are one such organisation which collects disused phones for recycling, and use the funds raised from this initiative to fund their activities.
Oils, Paints & Detergents:
Never pour waste “oily” substances down the drain. Most oils can be recycled including engine lubricating oil, kitchen cooking oils etc. These are recycled for use as low grade industrial lubricating oil. Household oils, paints and detergents can be safely recycled at the Silliot Hill Civic Amenity Site .
Newspapers, magazines, cardboard boxes, tetra packs, junk mail are ideal items for recycling into cardboard boxes, egg boxes, toilet rolls, and can even be used as animal bedding. All waste management providers serving the Newbridge area take paper products for recycling. Please flatten all cardboard boxes, and separate any plastic packaging from your recyclables, tetra packs should be washed clean.
Print toner cartridges can be refilled or recycled when returned to the manufacturer, most reputable retailers now provide a recycling service and take your empty print cartridges for recycling.
Some plastic containers are suitable for recycling, and some are not. However the vast majority of soft drink bottles, and general plastics are suitable for recycling and can be placed in your Recycling “Green Bin” – including plastic flower containers used in the garden.
- Farm Plastics (sheet plastics and fertilizer bags etc.) are also recyclable – more information on this subject can be had at: Farm Plastics Website
White Goods (Fridge / Microwave / Electrical etc.):
So called “white goods” (all electrical or electronic goods) such as washing machines, fridges, cookers, microwaves, computers etc. can be recycled. Now that the WEEE charge applies all reputable retailers now provide a recycling service, alternatively you can bring your old or obsolete kitchen / household appliance for recycling at Council approved facilities in Silliot Hill – and it’s Free!
So how are we doing in Recycling in Newbridge?
Recycling in Newbridge
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For More Information:
WEEE Ireland Website
Every Can Counts Website
Tidy Towns Ireland Website
The European Aluminium Association Website
Rehab Glassco Website
Enfo – The Environmental Information Service
Repak – Recycle More Website