Marian Courtney wins ‘Recycler of the Month’ competition

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Friday, January 20th, 2012

Marian Courtney accepts her £50 prize

Mrs Marian Courtney of Warrenpoint was the first winner of the Recycler of the Month competition for the New Year. The competition is sponsored by the Department of the Environment’s (DOE’s) Rethink Waste campaign. Marian’s bin was full of a wide range of recyclables including plastic containers, bottles, cans, paper and cardboard. Marian and her family are keen recyclers who stop and ask which bin should they be using before they throw anything away. They also take any extra recyclables to their local Household Recycling Centre on the upper Dromore road in Warrenpoint.

The range of materials that can be placed in the blue bin has been expanded to include clean plastic trays and containers; for example yoghurt and margarine tubs, fruit and meat trays and the inside of biscuit tins. As well as all types of paper and magazines, cardboard, aluminium and steel cans/boxes, clean foil containers, empty aerosols and plastic bottles. Officers this month found that most bins set out had the correct materials inside. However, householders are reminded that no plastic bags should go into the blue bin. Drinks cartons also cannot be placed into the blue recycling bin. If residents would like to recycle their drinks cartons, they can take them to any of the Council’s seven Household Recycling Centres. Your bin man will not collect a bin that is contaminated with any of the items above.

For more information about recycling or the competition, please contact Ruth Colgan on (028) 30313233 or email For information on the Rethink Waste campaign please log on to

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