Just think of your Lined Brown bin & Lined Kitchen Caddy as food, and food soiled paper magnets. Left over’s of whatever you ate or meant to eat can go into them once cold. Some other stuff too.

  1. Meat, Fish (cooked or uncooked)
  2. Shellfish, Fish and Meat Bones.
  3. Eggs / Egg Shells.
  4. Table Scraps & Plate Scrapings.
  5. Fruit and Vegetables. (even rotten ones)
  6. Bread, Dough, Pasta, Rice/grains.
  7. Coffee Grounds & Filter Papers.
  8. Tea Bags & Lose Tea.
  9. Porridge & Cereals.
  10. Dairy Products. (cheese,yogurts,butter)
  11. Out of date Jams, Honey and Sauces. (Without the jars of course)
  12. Old Herbs & Spices from jars/ tins.
  13. Peas, Beans & Spaghetti – left over’s.
  14. Poultry (chicken turkey& duck) Meat, Skin  & Carcasses (cooked or uncooked)
  15. Biscuits & Cakes.
  16. Sauces from Jars e.g Mayonnaise, Salad dressings, and cooking sauces etc.
  17. Date expired Olives in oil, Sun dried Tomatoes in oil etc.
  18. Date expired bags of flour, sugar etc.
  19. Soups (cold)
  20. Jelly from cooked roast. (cold)
  21. Wine Corks – Not the Plastic Type.       
  • NO!
  •  Lint from Electric or Gas clothes dryer machines. ( You know the fluffy stuff you take off the door filter )
  •  Colour Catcher Washing Machine sheets.
  •  Vacuum / Hoover bags or contents from inbuilt fabric ones. ( Can seriously contaminate Food Waste  e.g glass particles, tablets, etc)
  •  Candles or Wax. ( So take the birthday candles out of the discarded cake )
  •  Fabric of any kind. ( So no bits of material from sewing repairs )
  •  Iron on, or Stitch on hem webbing. ( Into the Black bin with these please )
  •  Medicines.
  •  Skin Plasters.

Note! Raw meat is permitted in the Brown Bin, as the heat generated by the compost heaps in the Commercial Process Plants, ensures that it fully breaks down. However it is not permitted in your Home Composter, as not enough heat would be generated, and it would attract Vermin.

  1. Food soiled Kitchen Paper Towels.
  2. Food soiled paper Napkins
  3. Wet cardboard and Paper.
  4. Compostable Plates & Cups (cardboard not Styrofoam).
  5. Pet urine soaked kitchen roll. (For those Pet pee moments)
  6. Cooking oil left to cool and small amounts poured onto tissue/food in caddy or bin. (Larger quantities of oil to be poured cold into plastic bottle and deposited at local Council recycling centre) Usually Free!
  7.  Grease proof paper, Fairy cake cases, designed to withstand high temperatures but will break down in compost facility.

 No!    Kitchen Wipes, or any kind of Hand or Baby Wipes as webbing in their construction will not break down. ( Put in Black bin )

  1. Any pizza box contaminated by the pizza. (wash out used accompanying sauce pots and put in Green Bin)
  2. Chinese foil tray cardboard tops. (wash trays and put in Green Bin)
  3. Southern Fried Chicken cardboard boxes.
  4. Chip bags from Chipper. Not a problem.
  1. Paper ice pop, ice cream wrappers and cardboard cartons. (Not plastic)
  2. Uneaten crisps, popcorn and sweets.
  3. Wooden spoons / ice pop / tooth pick sticks.

NO! Gum. (Modern gum is plastic based, ”Yep !”)

  1. Any tissue paper contaminated by the human body. (e.g. nose blows, and cut clean ups)
  2. Hair. ( Human, and Animal coat hair too )
  3. Nail Clippings. (Animal / Human but not false ones)
  4. Only tissue or pure cotton wool used during makeup applications removals.
    (No hand/ face wipes or webbed cotton wipes)

NO! Female Personal Hygiene products. Underwear liners etc.

New or Used  (The webbing used to strengthen the cotton will not break down in composting facility)

NO! Cotton Buds. (The cotton is fine it is the plastic stick that will not break down)

NO! Baby Nappies. (Contents are compostable it’s the plastic and webbing that’s the problem)

NO! No Faeces contaminated wipes. (No Baby wipes after nappy change’s as webbing in wipe will not break down)

Note! A bathroom really needs to accommodate 3 waste streams especially if it is mainly a female occupied dwelling.

  1. Brown Bin waste e.g. as above
  2. Green Bin waste e.g. plastic razors, tin’s, toilet roll cores, plastic /paper packaging etc.
  3. Black Bin waste e.g. Sanitary products / wipes, Cotton buds, Perfume / After shave bottles etc.

Note! Perfume glass items must be put in the Black bin, as can ruin the recycling process of colour segregated glass.

  1. All grass lawn clippings. (leave in covered area until brown and reduced in volume before putting in bin)
  2. Plant cuttings.
  3. Weeds.
  4. Bush / hedge cuttings.
  5. Dead flowers.
  6. Leaves.
  7. Twigs & Branches (But maximum diameter allowed is 2 inches / 5.08 centimeters)
  1. No Ashes, Coal, or Barbecue Coals.
  2. No Barbecue under tray waste.
  3. No Cigarette / Cigar Ends or Full ones. ( You know the wet messy ones left over after a party in beer cans and ash trays )

NO! Top Soil or lawn edge cuttings laden with soil. (Top soil, large garden bushes and tree pruning’s can go to local Council recycling centre)

Dog or Cat Faeces. This waste is compostable but not if collected in a plastic bag. If collected in a ‘Compostable’ bag like our Mini’s it then is possible to place in your  Brown Bin, you just need to check with your Refuse Collection Company. City Bin, Thorntons, and Panda customers have been in contact with us over recent months and have said that when they queried whether this waste was allowed or not the general view was that once it was in just Domestic quantities there was no problem once in a Compostable bag or lose.Sept 17th 2014.

Removing these items many of which you possibly had not considered, from your Black bin can significantly reduce its volume on Black bin day, and reduce the cost to you as you present it less for collection.

NOTE! In January 2012 I qualified in Compost Facility Operation, through Cré National Composting Association and Sligo IT. It is a legal requirement for all Managers / Operators of Commercial Compost Facilities to pass this module. All Brown bin items detailed above have been verified by Compost Facility Managers, Food Waste collectors, and Compost Industry professionals.

Denis Lawlor
Brown Bin Rescue