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(Note: We can only accept PAPER based bin liners as plastic based bio-degradable liners clog up the food waste screening and processing equipment)

We provide Free Brown Paper Liners from Our Offices in Killarney, Bantry and Listowel

Help Safeguard the Environment
E.U.environmental regulation states that Ireland must reduce the amount of organic material sent to landfill. When this organic material is in our landfills it releases harmful Greenhouse Gases such as Methane and Carbon Dioxide which contribute to global warming. Also, the liquids (known as leachate) that seep into the ground are extremely harmful to ground water supplies.

The Benefits
Did you know that up to 40% of what's in your waste bin (by weight) is actually organic waste? With a separate collection, it has been proved that householders actually reduce the amount of food waste created, helping to save on waste disposal and SAVE on shopping bills. Food waste collected separately is not subject to landfill tax, so you will save money. Food waste can be composted into a very useful fertiliser for soil conditioning and land reclamation. Food waste can also be processed into a bio-gas, this can be used to generate electricity. Using KWD Recycling brown bin service reduces your Carbon Footprint and saves you money.

What do I receive from KWD Recycling?
• A specially designed 25ltr Brown Caddy
• A specially designed 7ltr Kitchen Caddy

All provided FREE as part of our service to you.
Both containers are sealed with lockable lids- this system has been used for this purpose in Europe and other countries over many years. Odours, animals, pests etc. will not present a problem.

How do I use the new Brown Bin system?
Put some newspaper or compostable paper into the bottom of your 7-litre kitchen caddy. Place all your food waste into the 7-litre caddy and then when full, transfer the waste into the 25-litre caddy.

As always, please remember to put the 25-litre caddy out the night before.
Ensure that your 25-litre caddy is placed in a visible position for the driver.
If necessary, the 7-litre caddy can be easily washed in any standard kitchen sink.

What can I put in my brown bin?

Meat, poultry, fish, shellfish & bones
Egg & dairy products
Plate scrapings & table scraps
Fruit & vegetables
Bread, dough, pasta, grains & cereals
Coffee grounds, filter papers & teabags
Soiled kitchen towels

What not to put in my brown bin.

Glass, metal, plastic, rubber, textiles, nappies, soil, rubble or any other non-food types of waste material, bio-degradable bags (other than paper based).

What day is my brown bin collected?
Your brown bin will be collected on the same day that your normal bins are collected.

Home Composting
The Composting Process

There are two main stages:

1. Bacteria, fungi and micro-organisms (known as heaters) break down the softer materials causing the compost heap to heat to over 60 °C.

2. The compost heap cools. Worms, insects and other small creatures (known as chompers) break down the tougher material.

Compost usually takes about 3-9 months to mature, although it may take longer during the winter months.
Composted material may be taken from the bottom of the heap, allowing the partly composted and newer material to remain.

Getting started
You will need a 200-300 litre bin which is big enough for an average sized garden.
1. You can make your own compost bin out of wood -
Create a timber frame and attach to posts driven into the ground. Cover with a plastic sheet or carpet to keep out the rain and keep in the heat and natural moisture.
2. Place the compost bin in a sunny and well drained area of bare soil or grass which is out of the wind. Breaking up the earth underneath will improve drainage. Warmth from the sun speeds up the composting process.

What to put in your compost bin...
Do NOT add...
  • hair and fur
  • shredded paper/soft card
  • chopped straw and hay
  • animal bedding
  • egg shells - well crushed
  • old plants - shredded
  • chicken/pigeon/horse manure
  • raw vegetables and fruit
  • tea/teabags/coffee grounds
  • meat or fish
  • dairy products
  • cooked foods
  • plastics
  • nappies
  • persistent weeds
  • coloured or shiny paper
Add large amounts of mixed material at a time - a good mix is essential.

It is not advisable to include persistent weeds to home compost.