More and more residents are recycling their food and garden waste in their brown bin, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill and minimising their impact on the environment.
The following items can be recycled in your brown bin:
Cooked and uncooked food
Meat, fish and bones
Fruit and vegetables
Tea bags and coffee grounds
For grass treated by weedkiller, the cuttings should be left on the lawn to break down for the first 4 mowings after weedkiller has been applied - alternatively they should be placed in the black bin.
Leaves and twigs
Weeds treated with weedkiller should be placed in the black bin
Dead plants and flowers
Plants and flowers recently treated with weedkiller should be placed in the black bin
Dog foul (small amounts if loose, in compostable food waste bags or wrapped in newspaper)
Any dog foul in a standard plastic bag should be placed in the black bin
Cat litter (small amounts made from organic material e.g. shredded paper, paper/wood pellets)
All other types of cat litter (mineral, clay, stone) must be placed in the black bin
Animal bedding (small amounts made from organic material e.g. shredded paper, straw)
All other types of animal bedding must be placed in the black bin
Takeaway pizza boxes (remember to remove any pots of dipping sauce)
Cold ashes (small amounts)
Soil (small amounts)
If you are unsure if an item can be recycled in your brown bin, or if you have a query about your collection, please contact Waste Management Team on T. 028 9034 0056 or E. email@example.com
The following items are not permitted in your brown bin:
Large amounts of soil
Garden waste that has been treated with weedkiller
Please note that we cannot empty bins that exceed the limiter on the bin lorry lifters. This limit is in place to ensure the Health and Safety of our staff.
To ensure that your bin is not too heavy, we advise you to present it when it is half full, especially when the organic waste is wet. If your bin has not been collected because it is too heavy, please remove some of the waste and present it on your next collection date.
We are unable to return to lift your bin if has not been collected due to being overweight.
Food caddies are available to all households to make it easy for you to collect food waste before it is placed in the brown bin for recycling.
Simply line your caddy with a food waste bag* and place any food waste into the caddy. When full, tie up the liner and place it in the brown bin.
*Only the food waste bags supplied by Council are permitted in your brown bin.
How do I get more food waste bags?
Each food caddy is supplied with a red tag to allow the householder to request more food waste bags. When you need more liners, just attach your red tag to the handle of your brown bin on your next collection day and the crew will leave you more bags. Please remember to remove the tag and reuse it again when you need more liners.
Alternatively, you can also collect food waste bags from Antrim Civic Centre, Mossley Mill or any of our Leisure Centres and Household Recycling Centres.
If you run out of food waste bags, you can line your caddy with a sheet of newspaper or just put the food waste directly into your brown bin.
How do I get a replacement red tag?
You can request a tag at Antrim Civic Centre or Mossley Mill or by contacting the Waste Management Team on T. 028 9034 0056 or E. firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I get a new kitchen caddy?
You can request a new caddy through our Order a Bin page or by contacting the Waste Management Team on T. 028 9034 0056 or E. email@example.com
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