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Council thanks residents for tree-mendous recycling efforts over festive period

Monday 7 January 2019

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim has thanked residents who are ‘treecycling’ after Christmas.

In the run-up to the festive season, the council encouraged citizens to recycle unwanted items and responsibly dispose of all waste, including Christmas trees.

And Mayor Lindsay Millar said she has been impressed by the number of people visiting Household Recycling Centres in order for their trees to be turned into high-quality compost for our parks and gardens in Mid and East Antrim.

The Mayor said: “Recycling saves ratepayers’ money and also combats environmental damage.

“Our citizens are to be commended for their efforts and we thank them for their support to date.

“The Christmas and New Year period is a time when a lot of additional waste is created – from packaging to paper, cards and glass bottles to extra food waste, and most of this can be recycled.

“I’ve been really encouraged by the amount of people bringing their trees to our recycling centres.

“The Christmas trees go to Natural World Products, who use them along with other green waste from our recycling centres to produce high quality, organic peat-free compost.

“This compost is used in council parks during the year and is made available to the public free of charge during compost week (6-12 May 2019).”

Residents in Mid and East Antrim are among Northern Ireland’s top recyclers - which is brilliant news for our environment and the local economy.

Last year, figures showed our recycling rate had shot up by 6.8% to an excellent 50.1%.

This is largely down to an increase in household waste composting, with our citizens continuing to outperform many of our counterparts.

Reduced landfill costs as a result of the move are expected to deliver annual savings of £200,000 – meaning those funds are available for other projects and work within Mid and East Antrim.

The Mayor added: “Household waste costs over £100 per tonne landfill tax.

“Recycling this saved over 50% on this cost. Recycling is good for the environment and will leave our countryside and green spaces in a beautiful and undisturbed state for your children and grandkids as a result of fewer landfill sites across the country.”

For more information on waste and recycling in the borough, visit our Recycling pages.

Anybody with any information regarding fly-tipping can use the Report Form to submit details.