75,000 houses in South Dublin to get brown bins

South Dublin County Council says that brown bins will be rolled out to 75,000 households in its area in the coming weeks.

The bins are for food waste including cooked and raw meat and fish, rice, pasta, teabags, bread and cooked or raw fruit and vegetables, and for garden waste such as grass, weeds and hedge clippings.

The council said the interdiction is needed to comply with an EU directive on the amount of biodegradable waste which goes to dumps. It adds that, at the moment, about 60% of the waste produced by each household is made up of materials that are either recyclable or compostable.

Collection of the 140 litre brown bins will cost half the price of the larger 240 litre black bins. Black bins will now be collected even second week.

“Bin day will still be the same for all householders; when the brown bin collection starts the black bin collection will move to every two weeks and the brown bin will be collected on the other week because at least a quarter of the waste currently put into the black bin can now go in the brown bin,” said John Quinlivan, senior executive officer, South Dublin County.

An information pack containing a calendar is to be delivered to all householders with their brown bin.

“The Council recognises that people may have questions about the Brown Bin service and so we have established a lo-call information line 1890-253149, operated from 9am to 5pm, Monday – Friday to answer questions from householders about their Brown Bin,” said Quinlivan.

“We have also put in place an email query service, brownbins@sdublincoco.ie , and information on the Council’s website, at www.sdcc.ie.”

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