Brown bin changing to Winter collection schedule

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Saturday, October 13th, 2012
Newry and Mourne District Council would like to inform residents that the brown bin collection is moving into its winter schedule, which means, from Monday 5th November, the brown bin will be collected once every four weeks. 15,600 residents in the district now have a brown bin, which can be used for all food waste and garden waste, including items such as waste bread, cereals, teabags, egg shells, coal ashes, meat and cooked food leftovers, as well as hedge clippings and grass cuttings. To reduce any odours, wrap all food waste in a sheet of newspaper. Mayor John McArdle said, “Statistically we throw out 1/3 of the food we buy which makes up 20% of all our household waste. I would like to congratulate residents on recycling 3’283 tonnes of brown bin waste, which is a massive increase from the previous year and encourage residents to continue using their brown bins and leave them out for collection even if they are not completely full. “To help our Council meet stringent biodegradable waste recycling targets, every household including those that produce a small amount of food and garden waste has a role to play in reducing the amount of biodegradable waste sent to landfill.” For those households with no brown bins, who would like to recycle their garden waste, they can bring it to their local Household Recycling Centres. The Recycling Officer would also like to remind residents that they can take advantage of the council’s offer of compost bins (330litres) at the reduced rate of ₤20. To find your local Household Recycling Centre please visit our website For more information contact our Recycling Officer (Tel 028 30313233) or email
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