What is Composting?
According to a Environmental Protection Agency survey, every Irish home producers over a tonne of waste each year. Of this organic waste (food and garden waste) constitutes the single largest component of household waste, accounting for 32% of the total.
Everybody including households, food outlets, restaurants and other businesses that generate organic waste such as fruit and vegetable waste, grass clippings, hedge trimmings, etc. should compost their waste, which will result in waste charge savings and produce high quality compost.
Separating organic waste from dry recyclables (paper, card, plastic, etc.) is an important first step in the process of reducing Ireland’s dependence on landfills and producing the highest quality compost.
If you have a garden of any kind – you can have a compost bin. Many local authorities now provide home composting bins at subsidised rates or you can purchase one at a garden centre or hardware shop. There is no excuse – they are widely available and very easy to use. Many local authorities will also be introducing a 'brown bin' collection of organic waste which will then be composted at large scale composting facilities. There are 'Brown Bin' schemes in Galway, Waterford, Dublin City and Fingal. The highest quality compost can be produced from the brown bin scheme.
Why Compost Waste?
If you compost your organic waste, you:
National Biodegradable Waste Strategy
The Government published a policy setting ambitious targets to divert biodegradable waste from landfill. This will implement EU laws on landfilling (‘Landfill Directive‘) which seeks to reduce the amount of organic waste that is sent to landfill. The National Biodegradable Waste Strategy was finalised in April 2006. This policy outlines the requirement for households and businesses to employ a separate bin for food and garden waste, and this waste will have to be treated biologically (either home composting or collected for central composting/ anaerobic digestion). The policy sets a target to produce clean compost from source separation that can be used in horticulture, agriculture, forestry and other applications.