Consumers and Businesses in Galway Urged to Use a Brown Bin

Consumers and Businesses in Galway Urged to Use a Brown Bin

Consumers and businesses in Galway are being urged to use a brown bin, recycle their food waste and reduce their carbon footprint, as National Food Waste Recycling Week is launched.

Now in its third year, National Food Waste Recycling Week runs from June 2 until June 9 2024.

This awareness campaign from, aims to provide practical advice and encourage more consumers and businesses to recycle food waste correctly in their home or workplace.

It comes as new research of over 1,000 adults found that over two thirds of all householders in Ireland currently use a brown bin.

Research, conducted by iReach on behalf of, also revealed, of those who do use a brown bin, helping climate change is the top motivation, with 35% saying this is why they use a food waste bin.

However, there are still some people who put food waste in the general waste bin, meaning this food waste will never be recycled.

A recent study from the Environmental Protection Agency found that in commercial general waste bins, 30% of the contents are food waste, while in household general waste bins 17% of the contents are food waste.

“We’ve made great progress in Ireland with over two thirds of people now using a brown bin, but as we see from the research, there is still a high proportion of food waste that could be recycled going into our general waste bins,” said Pauline McDonogh Resource Efficiency Officer at

“The introduction of new legislation in January this year for households and in July last year for businesses means everyone, everywhere in Ireland with a kerbside waste collection service is now entitled to a brown bin service.”

“We’d urge everyone – consumers and businesses – if you don’t use a brown bin, please start, and make a positive change for our environment,” she added.

In Ireland it’s estimated we waste about 750,000 tonnes of food each year – that’s equivalent to the weight of 7,000 Blue Whales.

Food waste that ends up in the landfill is a significant contributor to climate change. It’s estimated that food waste generates about 8% to 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Preventing food waste and reducing food waste has both environmental and financial benefits.

What can go into the brown bin?

The brown bin service accepts all types of food including raw and cooked meat and fish, plate scrapings, along with fruit and vegetable peelings.

Other items that can go into the brown bin include food-soiled paper napkins, paper towels, greasy pizza boxes as well as grass clippings and light garden waste.