Bins and Recycling

Recycle Week 2018

Recycle Week

It’s national Recycle Week 24th – 30th September! Check out waste stats below to see how we’re doing in terms of recycling across Northern Ireland.  

NI Waste Stats

Figure 1 – NI– Percentage of Recyclables left in your Black Bin! (data collated by RPA in 2017)

Figure 2 – NI – Composition of your Black Bin! (data collated by RPA in 2017)

So we could definitely be doing more! 

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council – Specific Stats

2017 – 2018 Black Bin Composition Analysis
Figure 3: Residual Overall Composition - MEA

Figure 4: Recyclates Overall Composition - MEA

 *Above data from RPA Waste Composition Analysis 2017 (WRAP supported)

Want to get involved?

Join us during national Recycle Week to really increase on household items which are recycled, and decrease the amount of waste going to landfill. You may be an avid recycler, or you may just be starting to think about recycling, but this week really pushes to ask people to make a concerted effort to think about your household waste, to dispose of it using the correct bin facility and to make use of your local Household Recycling Centre.

Ways to get involved:

• Make a shopping list before heading to your local supermarket/shop.
• Plan meals for the week to reduce over-buying.
• Buy in bulk to reduce unnecessary trips for shopping.
• Cancel unnecessary mail / go paperless for e.g. receiving bills.
• Start composting! Composters cost £5 from the Council and could save you money but creating lovely fertiliser for your garden, not to mention reducing food waste!

• Remember that not all waste is ‘waste’! Could you donate household items to your local charity? You will not only be clearing out space in your own home, but also helping others in need.
• Remember to take those ‘bags for life’ when setting out for your weekly shop.
• Start making use of those Tupperware boxes in the back of your cupboard!
• Why not try to mend broken household items rather than throwing them away? E.g. light which may need a simple fuse replacement, sewing a pair of jeans.
• Re-usable water bottles and coffee cups are now the norm! Ditch the plastic!
• Pack your little ones, and your own lunch in a re-usable container.
• Use the reverse of single-sided printed paper for notes, doodles and calculations.
• Run out of brown kitchen caddy liners? Did you know you can use old newspaper?

• Download our MEA Home Recycling Advice leaflet to ensure you are placing the recyclables into the correct bin / box – don’t be scared by the concept of recycling!
• Plan an ‘Autumn clean out!’
• Tackle that garage before winter sets in.
• Ensure all waste is segregated before arriving at your local Household Recycling Centre.
• Did you know Council offer a Bulky Lift Collection Service? All householders are entitled to one free collection per year. 
• Unsure if a certain product can be recycled? Use Council’s Q&A session on Facebook during Recycle Week to get an answer!

Of course, there may be other ways you plan to recycle during this week and beyond! Let us know on our Q&A Facebook session during Recycle Week!

Household Recycling Centres Guide

Larne Recycling Leaflet

Ballymena and Carrickfergus Recycling Guide

Key Contacts for Recycle Week 2018:

Catherine Hunter – Waste Education Officer (MEA Borough) – 
Barry Tapster – Recycling Officer (MEA Borough) – 
Gary Murtagh – Waste Operations Supervisor (Larne area) – 
Michael Baker – Waste Operations Supervisor (Carrick area) – 
Jeff Hamill – Waste Operations Supervisor (Ballymena area) – 
Admin Support –

Waste, Recycling and Littering Education

Are you a local school or community group? Are you interested in finding out more about waste reduction, re-use and recycling? Council are on hand to offer talks on these topics which tie in with your school's curriculum or with your community group vision. Please contact Catherine Hunter or Barry Tapster to arrange a talk.
Council work in partnership with Arc21, an umbrella waste management group for 6 councils in the east of Northern Ireland. Their innovative and collaborative approach is helping meet the multifarious challenges in the field of resource management which faces us all both now and in the future. Arc21 and Council provide an Arc21 Educational Bus which is great for group events. Let us know if you’d be interested in an educational visit.