Household Recycling Centres

Exemptions

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Commercial waste

Council does not accept commercial waste on-site to ensure compliance with waste regulations and to improve traffic flow and access to containers for householders. Demolition and construction (industrial) waste and agricultural waste will not be accepted on-site.

Exemptions

Commercial waste exemptions include cardboard, green waste carried from domestic properties, old for new items, charity and landlord (carrying from domestic).

Commercial Cardboard

Commercial cardboard will be accepted on-site to assist businesses to reduce landfill.  Cardboard waste from a commercial business is controlled waste. Mid and East Antrim Borough Council will accept cardboard from a commercial business only if it is produced and transported by the business within the Mid and East Antrim Council area only. Commercial businesses will need a waste carriers licence to carry waste. To apply for a Lower Tier waste carriers license please click here. Once registered, please present your waste carrier licence to staff at your local Household Recycling Centre (HRC) and you will be issued you with an annual site pass. 

Garden waste carried from domestic properties

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council will accept this type of waste from garden contractors and from domestic properties within the Mid and East Antrim Council area only. Commercial gardeners will need a waste carrier licence to carry waste.  They must register with the Council annually and be issued with a pass. To download the information Council leaflet for Garden Contractors Green Waste Disposal click here. To apply for an Upper Tier waste carriers license please click here. Once registered, please present your waste carrier licence to staff at your local Household Recycling Centre (HRC) and you will be issued you with an annual site pass. 

Old for new household items

Some small businesses will take away old household items when they deliver new items e.g. beds, wardrobe, carpets etc. Council accepts old for new household bulky items, furniture, carpet, domestic appliances etc. To apply for an Upper Tier waste carriers license please click here. Once registered, please present your waste carrier licence to staff at your local Household Recycling Centre (HRC) and you will be issued you with an annual site pass. 

Charities disposing of unwanted items collected from domestic property

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. HRCs will only accept recyclable bulky items from charities. In order to carry this waste to site, charities will require a Lower Tier waste carrier licence from NIEA, click here. Once registered, please present your waste carrier licence to staff at your local Household Recycling Centre (HRC) and you will be issued you with an annual site pass. 

Landlords

Council can accept household waste carpets, beds, electrical appliances etc. but not construction demolition waste (industrial waste). Recyclable items only will be accepted at the HRCs. In order to carry this waste to site, charities will require an Upper Tier waste carrier licence from NIEA, click here. Once registered, please present your waste carrier licence to staff at your local Household Recycling Centre (HRC) and you will be issued you with an annual site pass. 

Limiting commercial waste to the above improves traffic flow on-site and allows attendants time to engage with householders, offer advice and assistance, increase recycling and reduce landfill tonnages.