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There are several ways of arranging to recycle waste. You can take it to a recycling facility or use a kerbside collection (if available). For organic waste, you may choose to compost it yourself – see ‘Composting’ below or use a kerbside collection. Many recycling facilities accept bulky organic waste as well.

There are 3 types of permanent recycling facility: bring banks, civic amenity sites and recycling centres. Most local authorities also set up temporary collection points for Christmas trees each year.

Kerbside Collection
Kerbside collection of recyclable waste is often known as a ‘green bin’ collection. Recyclable materials include paper and card, all plastics regardless of the colour, number or symbol, aluminium, tins and cans. Most areas now have a separate bin collection for organic waste – often called a ‘Food Waste Bin or Brown Bin’ collection. Please do not place food in the residual [black] bin unless you have no other option.
Civic Amenity Site
Civic amenity sites are similar to bring banks but can accept a larger variety of items. They are purpose-built, are staffed and have specific opening hours. In general they accept paper, cardboard, plastic and glass bottles, drinks cans and food tins, textiles and footwear, electrical equipment, fluorescent tubes, waste oil and DIY waste. Some also accept garden waste and Christmas trees. Some civic amenity centres accept organic materials. Staff at civic amenity sites can provide advice and information about recycling and they may have home composting bins for sale. Many of these sites have gate fees which will reflect the items being presented and this fee will vary from site to site. Please note that Civic Amenity Sites do not always operate to the same rules as your household collection due to contracts they may have in place, this means that they may not collect the same materials i.e. soft plastics.
Pay as you Throw - BIGbin
For an effective waste management solution, bring your extra rubbish bags to BIGbin. They have sites in operation across Ireland. Over the last ten years, BIGbin has continued to secure new sites and locations by expanding its network into commercial and private sectors. BIGbin not only serves the public with 24/7 sustainable waste solutions, but it also supports and advances local business, helping to generate considerable revenue at a minimal cost. BIGbin is one of the founders of the PTU (Pay-To-Use) Waste Disposal sector and is now the leading operator. Like a car wash, parcel collection, or laundry service, BIGbin is an extra offering to your forecourt bringing repeat footfall to your site, with risk-free revenue from day one. You can find our locations here
Bring Banks
Bring banks are unstaffed collection points for recyclable materials like glass bottles, drinks cans and food cans. Some bring banks also have collection bins for unwanted clothes, most of them can be accessed 24 hours a day but some can be found in private car parks such as supermarkets who may close the car park at night. If you get to your local bring bank and they are full please do not leave items on or around the full banks. This will be classified as litter and could result in you receiving a fine of €150 and it may also mean that these items will not get recycled.
Home Composting
Composting is the breakdown of organic material like kitchen or garden waste by organisms that convert it into an earth-like mass, which can then be used as a soil conditioner. Most garden waste and much of you kitchen waste can be composted.