County Kerry householder, Michael O’Brien, recently found out the consequences of not disposing of his household waste correctly. Mr. O’Brien was unable to produce to the Kerry County Council litter warden any records of how he disposed of his household waste, and as a result appeared before Judge David Waters at the local District Court. The solicitor for Kerry Council Council informed the Court that the maximum fine on conviction of this charge of failing to produce evidence of how domestic waste disposed of was €5,000. Judge Waters fined the defendant €400 and orderd him to pay costs of €130 to the Local Authority. Obviously a case of finding out the hard way that it does not pay to not care. So take it from the Bear… “BEWARE”
Easter time is upon again and Brustibear has gotten into the spirit of things, donning his Easter outfit and getting ready for the Egg Hunt. As you will see his Eggs are “au naturale”, with minimal packaging and wrapping and anything that he does use to decorate his Eggs, he ensures it is recyclable. This is a perfect time, now that the kids are on holiday, to start being imaginative and get all the family to join in the fun. There are lots of ideas out there, and visiting a site like https://www.womansday.com/home/crafts-projects/g2216/easter-eggs/ unearths a myriad of ideas to keep everyone entertained. So have a Great Easter, be a Good Egg by segregating your waste correctly, and watch out, there may be a Brustibunny..wasteBrustibunny passing your way!
Roses are red and violets are blue
Let me introduce BrustiBear, he will be new to you
He does enjoy red but keeps thinking green
And likes to get everyone into the waste scene
He is cuddly and shy, but still keeps an eye
So don’t break his heart…recycle and smile
And then he will be your Waste Valentine
One does not normally think of bags at this time of year, unless of course it is Trick or Treat bags! But unfortunately some bin suppliers have made an art form of promoting bins for which only certain bags will work.
Meanwhile on the other side there are Waste Service Providers who are telling their customers that they can only use “PAPER based bin liners” in their food caddies, which can only be bought at certain outlets. All seems a bit scary!!! It is not good enough for these suppliers that the customer pays for their products and service, but that they also want their customers to provide a further ongoing revenue stream by the purchase of unique bespoke bags? In most cases these bespoke bags are not mandatory or required.
This is most certainly not the case with Brustibin, which has been designed to eliminate bags for the collection of recyclables and where any 10 litre compostable bag can be used for both the brown waste and residual waste. Waste disposal can be costly enough without having to purchase bespoke liners and bags.
What would also be of concern is that the bags which some bin suppliers are promoting as being necessary for their bins are not enviromentally friendly. They do not decompose or compost and make life more difficult for the Waste Service Provider. And naturally as they are bespoke they are more expensive than the generic bin liner, which can be bought are you local corner shop. The generic liner may overhang slightly and not fit perfectly, but a bespoke bin deserves a bespoke liner?
It would seem that some Waste Service Providers have also got in on this act by telling their customers that they must use only Paper Liners in their Brown Caddies and Bins. This claim may be somewhat misleading as the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government says otherwise….
All very SPOOKY indeed….Hah Hah Hah
We are entering a month long exhibition of the “Beautiful Game” and will no doubt be working our schedules using Russia’s time zones to see what country will be victorious on July 15th. During this period of football mania perhaps we might consider another beautiful game where everyone is a winner, not just one participant. I am of course referring to that beautiful practice of waste segregation and recycling. It is simple to do, has no additional costs yet some householders are either reluctant to do it or are just plain lazy. Everyone wins when we segregate and recycle our waste. Housholders save on waste charges with lighter, drier and cleaner waste, and they feel better afterwards. Waste Service Providers save on costs, as there is less processing involved with segregated waste. Less waste goes to landfill and incineration, saving on valauble and diminishing resources. Wildlife wins with less microbeads in the sea, pollution in the air, and less hazardrous waste on the land. Farmers win with less water and land pollution. Manufacturers win with more recycled raw material available. And the ecconomy wins with less imports of raw materials, and the development of the Circular Ecconomy.
It seems that in this beautiful game, nobody loses!
So over the coming month when you hear football pundits wax lyrically about recycling the ball, perhaps…just perhaps.. a different type of recycling may come to mind. It is after all part and parcel of the Beautiful Game?
Various Waste Service Providers have outlined their plans to introduce Household Waste Charges for Recyclables, due to the Chinese reluctance to take any more Recyclables for reprocessing. Their reluctamce is due in part to the quality of the recyclabes they are receiving, some of which are contaminated. There is also the issue of the amount of recyclables being required to be processed, which seems to be ever increasing due primarily to the amount of packaging which comes with everything we purchase from vegetables to fruit to toothpaste.
This is most evident at this time of the year when shelves are packed with Easter Eggs, where in a lot of cases the packaging itself outweighs the chocolate egg it contains. This packaging is bulky, containing cardboard and plastics which in the majority of cases are recyclable, but there is also inevitably tinfoil surrounding the egg which is not recyclable.
This is why Brusti Bear is approaching things differently by making his own decorated choclate eggs this Easter, and dispensing with the need for excessive amounts of cardboard and plastics. The web is full of such egg recipes including Jamie Oliver’s https://www.jamieoliver.com/news-and-features/features/how-to-make-a-chocolate-egg/. As all family members can get involved, this is a perfect way for the kids to spend some time over the Easter vacation. It might mess up the kitchen but you will be saving not only the environment and valuable natural resources but also the cost of recycling unwanted packaging.
So take an egg from Brusti Bear’s basket, it is healthier, cheaper, better for the environment, and your family might actually enjoy not only the eggs but also the messing about in the kitchen that goes with it. Sounds good…Brusti Bear thinks so, and he hopes that you do too!!
With St. Patrick’s weekend approaching and the Irish rugby team facing potential Triple Crown and Grand Slam victories, Brusti Bear is making an Irish call on Irish householders to think more about segregating their waste and recyclables at source , that is in the kitchen.
Contaminated recyclabes have now become a “no no” world wide with China closing its doors to the import of recyclables. The result is that Irish waste service providers are now having to look for alternative destinations abroad and are stock piling recyclables.
Properly segregated waste not only conserves valuable resources but also presents business opportunities and helps sustain our ecconomic viability. So Brusti Bear is making his own Ireland’s call to all you householders out there.
Enjoy the holiday and the matches!