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Recycling in Newbridge
If you cannot Eliminate your Waste
Reduce Reuse 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.
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.
Nearest Civic Amenity Site to Newbridge Silliot Hill Integrated Waste Management Facility
What can be Recycled?
Much of the material traditionally disposed of in your waste wheeled bin can and should be recycled or reused. We understand that an average household will produce approximately 100 Kgs. of “dry recyclables” per annum, if we assume that Newbridge currently consists of 7,000 houses this equates to 700 Tonnes of recyclable material which should be going for recycling and not to the local landfill site.
The most common household items which can be readily recycled are:
- Batteries, but not in your bin!
- Cans / Metals
- Clothes & Textiles
- Composting Vegetable / Food Waste
- End of Life Vehicle (ELV) Cars, Vans, Motorcycles
- Fluorescent Tubes
- Glass Bottles & Jars
- 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:
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). “Tin Cans” can be recycled in your Green Bin, or at some recycling centres locally. Other waste metal can be recycled at Silliot Hill.
Clothes & Textiles:
Good quality clothes and fabrics can be recycled for reuse, or indeed for use as upholstery stuffing etc. There are clothes recycling facilities located at the Dunne’s Stores, Tesco’s, Lidl, and in addition to this there are a number of “charity shops” in the town including. Please only donate clean re-usable clothes to these facilities.
If you have a garden you can use a compost bin to compost (recycle) your uncooked vegetable peelings, tea leaves, grass clippings, garden refuse and paper products such as egg boxes etc. Naturally occurring bacteria break down the waste and turn it into compost. The compost bin if used correctly will not cause bad odours, and will provide you with a continuous source of natural mulch or fertilisers for your garden. Kildare County Council and most reputable Garden Centres supply composting bins at a reasonable cost.
Don’t forget Kildare County Council provide a Christmas Tree Recycling (shredding) service in January each year, and the resultant bark mulch is used by the Council as fertiliser in parks and along the trees on our motorways.
What could you recycle in your compost bin or compost heap?
- Coffee grounds
- Egg cartons
- Grass cuttings
- Hedge clippings
- Old plants and garden cuttings
- Vegetable wastes
- Fallen leaves
- Fruit and vegetable remains
- Crushed egg shells
Your Domestic Waste Contractor provides a Composting “Brown Bin” - use it.
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.
Glass Bottles & Jars:
There are a number of glass recycling banks in Newbridge, the main ones are located in:
- Dunne’s Stores Shopping Centre;
- Tesco’s Newbridge;
- Lidl Newbridge;
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 also collect old 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.
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 are suitable for recycling, Enfo (The Environmental Information Service) estimate that well in excess of 70 Million such bottles are sold onto the Irish market annually, think of the benefit to the environment if all of these were recycled rather than deposited in our hedgerows!
Farm Plastics (sheet plastics and fertilizer bags etc.) are also recyclable - click on the links below:
White Goods (Fridge/Microwave/Electrical):
So called “white goods” such as washing machines, fridges, cookers, microwaves, computers etc. [all electrical or electronic goods] can be recycled. Now that the WEE 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 .
For more Information:
Silliot Hill Integrated Waste Management Facility
Enfo - The Environmental Information Service
Repak – Recycle More Website