Composting and Food Waste

Home composting is something practical we can all do to help the environment

Home Composting

Surveys have shown that a typical family can divert up to a third of their waste away from landfill by composting. The material that is suitable for composting is uncooked kitchen waste and garden waste. Paper and cardboard are also compostable.

The end product can be used in your garden in a variety of ways. Typically people use it for their flowerbeds, vegetable patches, as a top dressing on their lawns and for seed and potting mixes.

Composters can be purchased at a cost of €30 from the Recycling Centre. Tel 047 80888

For more info see www.raceagainstwaste.com/learn

Food Waste

Food Waste Regulations
1 July 2010 is the date the Food Waste Regulations (SI 508 of 2009) enter into force in Ireland. The Regulations require all major sources of food waste to place it into a dedicated bin and ensure that it is not mixed with other waste. A brown bin collection service must be used so that the collected food waste is subsequently recycled by composting or by other approved recycling process. Alternatively, businesses affected by this legislation can transport the food waste directly to a recycling plant or can treat it themselves by installing a composting unit on the premises where the waste is generated
For more info www.foodwaste.ie