Friday, December 17, 2021

WITH the average family throwing away €700 worth of food each year, it will not come as a surprise that the next fortnight is responsible for a lion’s share of that figure when we see some very expensive foods make their way to the brown bin.

Turkey, ham, stuffing, sauces, salmon, canapes, cheeses, desserts are just some of the high-cost items commonly found in bins during the Festive Season.
However, this year Kildare County Council has published a Stop Food Waste guide with information, tips and resources to help avoid food waste around Christmas.  The guide is available at Kildare County Council – Environment
Choosing the right Christmas presents can encourage reuse, such as gifting a reusable coffee cup or drinks bottle for somebody who uses a lot of disposable cups or bottles is one way to encourage reuse.

Similarly, considering shopping for sustainable brands and outlets is a great way to shop responsibly.

While great thought and consideration has no doubt gone into all of your Christmas shopping, if you do receive a present that underwhelms, some unwanted gifts can be donated to charity shops.
For a list of 25 charity shops in Kildare go to Home | ICSA – Irish Charity Shops Association

In the build up to 25 December Christmas trees take pride of place in our homes.  However, as the festive season comes to an end, disposing of Christmas trees responsibly has never been easier in Kildare.

Kildare County Council has seven sites in the county, two more than previous years, that will take your real Christmas tree and mulch them for free.

These sites are open from the 3-22 January and are located as follows:

  • Athy, Meeting Lane
  • Celbridge, Interchange yard
  • Clane, GAA
  • Maynooth, Kildare County Council MD office
  • Monasterevin, Moore Abbey Coillte carpark
  • Naas, Fairgreen
  • Newbridge, Kildare County Council Nursery (on Naas road)

Our thanks to both Coillte and Clane GAA for their assistance in providing the sites. The trees are shredded and the mulch will used by local community groups.

“Most people are keen to recycle as much as possible at this time of year and naturally, as we generate more waste, it needs to be disposed of correctly, which can add pressure to our household recycling bins,” said Dara Wyer, Environment Awareness Officer at Kildare County Council.

A lot of the extra packaging can go into the recycling bin if compacted, but it may also be necessary to stagger putting larger packaging into it.

“If you can store the larger cardboard boxes for a couple of weeks before leaving them out that will help to even out the disposal”.

“Likewise, glass and can recycling banks around the county are under more pressure at this time of the year, dealing with larger volumes, so if you can put off visiting the banks over this period that helps us to maintain the banks properly. Locations of bottle banks HERE

Our two large recycling facilities (Silliot Hill, Kilcullen and Gallows Hill, Athy) will take most recyclables, but are closed for most of the holidays.

See hours below:


Silliot Hill, Kilcullen
Friday 24th: 8-12
Saturday 25th: Closed
Sunday 26th: Closed
Monday 27th: Closed
Tuesday 28th: Closed
Wednesday 29th: 8 – 3:45
Thursday 30th: 8 – 3:45
Friday 31st: 8-12
Saturday 1st: Closed
Sunday 2nd: Closed
Monday 3rd: Closed
Normal Hours from Tuesday 4th January 2022
Gallows Hill, Athy
Friday 24th: 9-12
Saturday 25th: Closed
Sunday 26th: Closed
Monday 27th: Closed
Tuesday 28th: Closed
Wednesday 29th: Closed
Thursday 30th: 9 – 3:45
Friday 31st: 9-12
Saturday 1st: Closed
Sunday 2nd: Closed
Monday 3rd: Closed
Tuesday 4th: Closed
Wednesday 5th: Closed
Normal Hours from Thursday 6th January 2022


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