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ChildVision – Looking to the Future

ChildVision is Ireland’s only dedicated centre for children with sight loss, some of whom also have profound sensory impairments and additional disabilities. They provide educational services, clinical services such as occupational therapy, speech therapy and physiotherapy.

Problems existing before starting their sustainability journey

  • Before starting to work with The City Bin Co., ChildVision had a one bin fits all system i.e General Waste bins all over the campus. The school were producing over 40 tons of general waste per year, meaning that a large amount waste was ending up in landfill. Heavy general waste bins also meant ChildVision’s waste bills were higher than they should have been.


How did The City Bin Co. help?

  • To relieve the pain of high waste bills and to increase ChildVision’s recycling rates, The City Bin Co. installed colour-coded bins for each waste stream across campus.
  • We worked with ChildVision to carry out waste segregation training with staff and pupils in order to maintain a greener environment for all involved.


What results have ChildVision seen so far?

  • In 2019 Child Vison diverted over 17 tonnes away from landfill with help from The City Bin Co. This was in total 40% of their waste production for 2019. In 2020 Child Vision diverted over 13 tonnes away from landfill*. This was 48% of their total waste production. ChildVision increased recycling rates by 8% from year 1 to year 2 of The Zero Project. Everyone at ChildVision has taken the training on board and the school has become more environmentally aware, doing their upmost to continue to recycle as much as possible.

*COVID affected this school so there were 14 tonnes less produced in total versus 2019 but their recycling habits had improved from year 1, 2019.


Ongoing 2021 Plans

  • ChildVision aims to continue improving marginal gains and have set the goal of achieving a recycling rate of over 50% for 2021.

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Surmodics – Science meets Sustainability

Surmodics, a leading medical device company based in Ballinasloe, started their sustainability journey with The City Bin Co. in February 2021. Surmodics identified the need to increase recycling rates and their sustainability efforts, whilst reducing costs, and therefore kickstarted The Zero Project.

 Prior to February 2021

  • Surmodics was using a number of 1100 litre bins for both general waste and recycling. The bins were many different colours and therefore caused confusion in terms of waste segregation, which resulted in low recycling rates. 
  • Surmodics’ site is rather large, and was producing enormous amounts of grass, which was being tended to by a tractor lawn mower. This was resulting in high carbon emissions.

February 2021

  • Surmodics kickstarted their sustainability journey with The Zero Project. 
  • The City Bin Co. installed Front End Loader (FEL) bins onsite. The type of waste generated by Surmodics is dry industrial and therefore a good fit for the FEL bins. The waste is removed and transported to a recycling depot where it is sorted and either reused or recycled, helping Surmodics divert waste from landfill.
  • Surmodics replaced outdoor and indoor fluorescent lights with LED lights. This has resulted in a total carbon saving of 25.5 tonnes, and there is no longer any fluorescent gas or lamps waste to dispose of. 
  • Introduced light sensors that control 95% of Surmodics’ lights, ensuring lights automatically switch off during quieter times, saving energy. 
  • Surmodics started working towards going paperless by introducing an e-signature, creating a paperless accounts payment system. 
  • Surmodics provided keep cups and re-usable water bottles for their employees, cutting down on unneeded waste. 

March 2021

  • The City Bin Co. carried out a waste audit onsite and put a plan together to ensure segregation of waste. 
  • Surmodics have stopped working with a landscape gardener for their few acres of grass, and introduced the Mobot, an electric robot lawnmower. The Mobot does not waste grass and does not require fuel to cut the grass. This has resulted in carbon savings of 0.6 tonnes for the site.  

Ongoing 2021 Plans

  • Ensuring the Zero Project standard is held amongst employees – providing training to make the team more aware of the impact of their business moving towards zero waste to landfill. 

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45 Mespil Road gets Zero Award for Sustainability Efforts

The City Bin Co. was brought onto 45 Mespil Road, a site boasting 50,000 square feet of prime standalone office space overlooking Grand Canal, owned by Davy Target Investments and managed by Melinda Muntean from Knight Frank, in Q3 2020 to manage waste and kickstart the sustainability journey.

This site is a newbuild and currently has 2 active tenants: Amryt Pharmaceuticals and Ellucian.

October 2020

  • The City Bin Co. worked with Knight Frank to organise bin types onsite to cover all the waste streams generated. Today there are 4 bin types in operation; General Waste, Recycling, Glass and Organic.
  • The City Bin Co. commenced working with the cleaning company onsite (Moore Cleaning Services). We have identified that over 90% of waste generated onsite is recyclable, with a nominal amount of general waste being generated due to current snagging of the building.

January 2021

  • Bin store installed into the site’s basement, with clear labelling on all bins to ensure proper waste segregation, leading to increased recycling rates.

Ongoing 2021 Plans

  • Training to be provided to all tenants onsite to ensure the building is scoring highly in waste segregation and recycling management.

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The Oval – a Zero Project success story

The Oval is one of about 12 sites that The City Bin Co. and Knight Frank are working on specifically with regard to waste management. The site is owned by Patrizia AG and managed by Knight Frank. The estate manager on behalf of Knight Frank is Ciaran McDonnell.

In August 2020, The City Bin Co. began working as The Oval’s sustainability partner making changes to The Oval’s waste management system to increase recycling rates, whilst making cost savings at the same time. We agreed the Zero Waste roadmap to success with The Oval team. The Zero Waste plan has been successfully implemented, and currently, the site has seen an 84% reduction in weekly general waste.

August 2020

  • We introduced colour-coded bins into The Oval’s waste storage area, clearly defining waste streams to allow for more recycling. Through carrying out onsite training with Knight Frank and the individual tenants in the building, including Centra, Eirgrid, WeWork, Starbucks, and Tableau, we demonstrated ways to easily reduce waste and recycling.

October 2020

  • The waste and recycling streams were developed further, and The Oval now have glass bins, organic bins, recycling bins, general waste bins, a baler for baling cardboard, and a cage specifically for WEEE waste. The introduction of more waste streams has resulted in a dramatic reduction in the amount of general waste being presented onsite.

November 2020

  • We carried out training with Knight Frank’s cleaning company, Cagney Contract Cleaning, specifying what goes into what bin and why. This proved to be an outstanding success with even less materials going into the general waste bin.
  • We engaged directly with Centra at The Oval and separated their bins from the communal area, providing them with direct data on usage, helping them tackle the amount of food waste being dumped by their team. The City Bin Co. have advised Mark Coughlan, and his Centra team about how to save money on waste, portion control and control on food preparation.

January 2021

  • We engaged with The Oval’s landscape company and Knight Frank to build a compost site in the rear garden. By making use of Starbuck’s spent coffee grinds and mixing it with some plant and grass cuttings to make compost, The Oval has been developing a beautiful wildflower garden that houses a number of hives of native Irish bees. The compost that they are producing is used to grow flowers that the bees are using to produce honey. Last year there were about 100 jars of honey produced from this site.

March 2021

  • We started working on organising specific bins for other tenants onsite, such as Eirgrid. Eirgrid wants to see personalized data relating to their waste streams. This system is going live on May 1st 2021 and monthly reporting will follow.

April 2021

  • The Oval was accredited with The City Bin Co.’s Zero Project Certificate, officially being a zero waste to landfill site.

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And if you would like more information on the Zero Project, please contact John Farrell, The City Bin Co. email

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Bon Secours – Moving to Zero Waste

The Bon Secours Hospital, Dublin is a private hospital in Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland. Owned by the Roman Catholic Bon Secours Sisters, it offers healthcare to privately insured patients.

In 2014, The City Bin Co. won the opportunity to handle all non-hazardous waste. In working with the head of facilities, Thomas Leonard, we demonstrated cost savings from the start by introducing regular training sessions with the team. In late 2015 we looked at how to make more changes to improve the service while at the same time making savings.

We discussed the Zero Project and agreed that this could be completed if we took it to the catering division of the hospital. We started discussions with head Chef Harry Van Wegen and team manager Teresa Quinn. The project was simple…”How do we segregate the waste in the canteen/catering division in order to divert any potential general waste from landfill”.

We examined the process and met the team. There are 6 kitchens at the hospital. One main kitchen and five food holding areas. We noticed that even though meals were being ordered by patients early in the day they weren’t been eaten, because doctors were putting them on fast notices prior to operations. We recognised that about 100 meals a day in the form of breakfast, lunch, and tea were being wasted.

All of this food is now being saved and the spend on food has been lowered. The next stage of the process was to provide colour coded bins in the kitchen and to segregate the food from the recycling. We also used compost bags for this food waste and all of it now was going to the organic bin. All the recycling was going to the recycling bin and the general waste bin was redundant.

Today the hospital is wasting less food while serving the same amount of patients and diverting all of this catering waste from landfills.

If you would like more information on the Zero Project, please contact John Farrell, The City Bin Co.

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Tasty Savings at Bread & Butter

Bread and Butter is a first Gourmet Food Market located in Drumcondra, Dublin 9 and is owned by the same small team behind The Lovely Food Company restaurants. They have teamed up with some of the best independent Irish food producers as well as some well-known brands to bring the very best in food produce to Drumcondra.

The City Bin Co. were awarded the waste collection contract from Paul Breen (company director) in September 2015. Paul is quite passionate about the environment and wanted to work with a company that would mind his spend on waste while diverting waste from landfill.

We spoke with Paul and his team and recognised that all of his waste was indeed going into one general waste bin. We examined this waste and found that all tea bags, coffee grinds, blue roll and vegetable preparation could actually go into an organic bin. This left all of the packaging dry and by default able to be recycled. We provided colour coded bins for organic and recycling waste and today the 2 x 1100 litre bins a week of general waste that they had is now either in an organic bin or recycling bin.

If you would like more information on the Zero Project, please contact John Farrell, The City Bin Co.

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Novum puts the freeze on their waste spend

Novum based in Clonshaugh Industrial Estate Dublin 17 was set up in 1955 to make washing machines for the European market. Since then the company has grown from strength to strength and in 2012 Novum patented Frost Free technology was developed and introduced to the market. This revolutionary technology means no ice build up inside the cabinet, quicker defrosting, better product temperatures, and more money in your pocket.

The company was approached last year by The City Bin Co. with a view to looking at its waste and diverting all of this from landfill. Under the Instruction of Paul Murphy General Manager and Gavin King Environmental Officer we agreed a way forward. The concept was simple. They wanted to eliminate the general waste stream from the process while training their team in best business practice regarding recycling.

The process in achieving zero waste to landfill was to swop the compactor on site for out FEL skips as we recognised all of this so-called waste was actually recyclable. This compactor was going straight to landfill, however we were sorting all waste that was put into our FEL.

We also introduced a weekly collection of baled cardboard and plastic. All of this waste was being compacted and sent to landfill. Inside the premises we introduced 1100 litre mixed dry recycling bins for all of the individual workstations and again all of this waste is now being recycled. The goal of zero waste to landfill was realised this year and now the company that had been sending tonnes of waste per month to landfill is diverting this product into recycling, in the form of baled cardboard and plastic, FEL large recycling (boxes and plastics) and 1100 litre mixed recycling bins for smaller recycling items.

Now, all the general waste that have been diverted from landfill have made a saving back onto the company’s bottom line.

If you would like more information on the Zero Project, please contact John Farrell, The City Bin Co.

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Paddy Power – Winner Alright!

Paddy Power is an Irish bookmaker. Offline and in stores it conducts business through a chain of licensed betting shops in Ireland and the United Kingdom, and by operating Ireland’s largest telephone betting service.

The City Bin Co. won the contract to handle its waste in November 2014. In sitting down with Head of Facility Management for the Paddy Power Group (Philip Devlin) we recognised that the subcontractor network being used was costing a lot of money. We also recognised that the waste was being presented in black sacks and this was labeled general waste. The City Bin Co. invested in its very own truck for collecting this waste across various locations. We encouraged the company to start using clear bags as the product being disposed of was paper and not general waste. We offered their stores a tailored collection service to divert ALL of this waste through our truck collection service away from landfill.

The net result here was that the time invested by both companies in explaining how to present this waste to us and the timings of the waste collection gave the cost-saving. They were no longer experiencing a service where collection days were irregular and waste was being left outside getting wet or contaminated.

If you would like more information on the Zero Project, please contact John Farrell, The City Bin Co.