Celebrating its 20th year in business Barna Recycling, today officially launched the opening of its new composting facility at Carrowbrowne on the Headford Road, Galway,which is now fully operational.
Just 5km from Galway City, the new €6 million facility is the largest composting site in Connacht and has the capacity to cater for up to 40,000 tonnes of waste annually.
Speaking at the launch, CEO, Pat O’Sullivan said, “We are committed to promoting sustainability by reducing the volume of waste going to landfill with the medium term objective of zero waste to landfill within a few years.
“Our focus is on ensuring recycling and composting is at the heart of our business while leading the way in reducing the carbon footprint of both our company and our customers.”
The new composting facility is currently processing over 1,000 tonnes of organic waste every month.
This will increase substantially over the coming months as Barna Recycling deploys more brown bins for organic waste to their customers throughout the West of Ireland.
Outlining the composting process at Carrowbrowne Pat explained, “It’s here where organic and food waste is transformed into compost, using the most modern and environmentally friendly methods.
“The contents of the brown bin are initially stored in purpose built, concrete chambers at the composting facility.
“Using underground temperature controlling ducts and probe thermometers, we can accurately monitor the airflow and temperatures within the facility to provide ideal climatic conditions for successful decomposition and pasteurisation.
“The result is a material called compost which can be used as fertiliser by farmers and gardeners – the ultimate recycling loop, earth to earth.”
Barna Recycling employs over 250 people across its 4 EPA licensed facilities in Galway, Roscommon, Athlone and Leitrim.
The Carrowbrowne Recycling Centre is open to the public 6 days a week, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, and Saturday 8am to 1pm.
It accepts all recyclable items including electrical items, metals, cans and much more.
Visit www.barnarecycling.com for more information or call 091 771619.