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Use the Brown Bin to Cut your Waste Bill – Kelly

“Brownbin.ie provides a valuable platform for householders to understand the importance of recycling food waste using their brown bin.” said Mr Alan Kelly, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, today (9th October 2015) at the launch of www.brownbin.ie at OD Agri, Tipperary.

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Since July of this year the provision of a separate collection service for food waste has benefited almost all areas of the country. The Minister noted that the food waste regulations introduced by his Department have already contributed to an increase in the recycling of food waste which reduces our greenhouse gas emissions, helps meet our EU landfill diversion targets and will support new job creation in the production of high quality compost for use in agriculture, landscaping and horticulture.

Minister Kelly stated “As pay-by-weight comes on stream and more householders are encouraged to recycle their food waste,brownbin.ie will be a handy toolkit for families to learn what food to recycle and how to recycle their bio-waste correctly and reduce their waste bill”. The website has a wealth of information including questions and answers on a range of food waste topics and details of waste collectors operating across the country.

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The Minister noted that “The correct use of the brown bin will increase the amount of food waste that is recovered for the production of energy, compost and digestate, bringing opportunities for added value through job creation- this is the essence of the circular economy.”

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Diverting food waste from the more expensive residual bin to the brown bin will save households money and with the average Irish householder discarding up to €1,000 worth of food each year, brownbin.ie has lots of information and tips on how to prevent food waste arising in the first place.  Why not click on www.brownbin.ie and discover how to recycle your food waste and play your part in helping the environment, contribute to the circular economy and save money through the effective use of the brown bin in your home today.

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