Bins and Recycling

HRC Reopening FAQs

All Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) in Mid and East Antrim Borough are open to allow householders to make essential visits to dispose of additional waste that they are unable to store at home.

Opening hours are as follows:

Redlands HRC, Harbour Highway, Larne

Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm

Sullatober HRC, 10 Marshallstown Road, Carrickfergus

Access to this site is by appointment only from Wednesday 17 June. Click here for information on how to make a booking.

Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm and Sunday 1pm - 5pm

Waveney Road HRC, Waveney Road, Ballymena

Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Larne South HRC, 5 Island Road Lower, Ballycarry

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 9am – 5pm

Glenarm HRC - Dickeystown Road, Glenarm

Wednesday and Saturday 9am – 5pm

Key points

  • All the usual recycling materials can now be accepted at all sites. Normal restrictions still apply, no commercial or construction demolition waste, for details and exemptions click here.
  • Trailers and vans are permitted from Wednesday 13 May.
  • Due to COVID-19, householders will be required to unload their own waste, to ensure social distancing from staff.
  • Access will be restricted due to social distancing measures which could result in queues.

The above HRCs are open to Mid and East Antrim Borough residents only (photographic ID will be required for access).

Map of HRCs


What exactly can be brought to site during temp. COV 19 arrangements?

All the usual recycling materials can now be accepted at all sites. Normal restrictions still apply, no commercial or construction demolition waste, for details and exemptions click here.

Can grass & hedge cuttings be taken in?

Yes, garden waste is accepted.

I drive a small van; not a car. Will I get access?

Yes.

Can I bring materials other than garden waste in a trailer?

Yes.

How do staff do ID check at the site? 

Staff will not touch the ID, just observe it from a safe distance (2m)

If we have to queue and I don't get to the gate before closing can I just drop the waste off?

No this will be regarded as fly-tipping.

I can drive in but might need help taking waste out of the car, can someone do it for me?

Unfortunately, staff within the site need to maintain social distancing, and cannot help people remove items from their vehicles.

I run a charity group; can I come in with household items?

Charities must recycle items brought on site.  Charities require a waste carrier licence which can be obtained from NIEA free of charge. Charities must register annually with the Council and be issued with a pass. To download the information leaflet for Charity or Voluntary Organisation Waste Disposal click here.

I have bulky items to dispose of, can I take these in as well?

Yes.

I am a landlord/ housing association can I bring in clearances when tenants vacate a property? 

No.

What ID is acceptable at the site to gain access?

Any form of photographic ID will be suitable.

If I live close to the site and can walk, do I still need ID?

If you are walking to the site, you will not need ID.

Will the opening times change – or will the sites be available at the weekends?

Household Recycling Centres are open to allow householders to make essential visits to dispose of additional waste that they are unable to store at home. Opening times will be continuously reviewed.

Will I be able to collect recycling boxes from the recycling centre?

From Monday 29 June 2020 kerbside boxes will be available for collection from Waveney Road HRC, Ballymena & Sullatober HRC, Carrickfergus.

Please note there is a booking system for Sullatober Household recycling centre – kerbside boxes can be collected from either entrance, once you’ve made your online booking. If you are collecting a box & disposing of recycling/ bulky items you will be required to book a time slot in advance.