Recycle Your Waste Properly This Christmas


‘Tis the Season to Recycle Your Festive Waste!

Newry Mourne and Down District Council is encouraging everyone to recycle their Christmas waste this festive season. 

There’s so much going on at Christmas that recycling often falls to the bottom of the list of things to do. Yet recycling around the home is as easy as putting the right thing in the right bin!

So much of the waste produced over the festive season can be recycled it just takes a second to think, what bin should this go into? The main sources of extra rubbish are packaging, cardboard, glass, drinks cans and food, most of which can be recycled.

Pictured encouraging residents across the district to recycle their festive waste this Christmas are Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson Councillor Charlie Casey with Liam Dinsmore, Head of Waste Processing, Enforcement and Business Support at Newry Mourne and Down District Council.

Council Chairperson Councillor Charlie Casey said: “We are recycling more now than ever before. This year our recycling rate was 51%, that’s a 10% increase in just 2 years! It’s a fantastic achievement and thank you to the majority of residents who are now recycling correctly. Unfortunately, studies have shown that a significant portion of the black bin waste collected still could have been recycled. With so much extra waste being produced, Christmas is the perfect time to use your blue and brown recycling bins to their full potential.”

Don’t forget to recycle your glass/plastic bottles and containers, chocolate and sweet tins, wrapping paper and cards (without glitter), cardboard boxes, empty aerosols and drinks cartons in your blue bin. Please remember that all food waste must go into the brown bin.

If your bins are scheduled to be collected either Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day remember to leave them out the weekend before. For example, the alternative blue bin collection day for Wednesday 25 December 2019 is Saturday 21 December 2019.

For those things that won’t fit in your bins visit one of the 10 Household Recycling Centres (HRC’s) which accept a much wider range of items such as Christmas trees, cardboard, batteries, electrical equipment, TVs, monitors and much more. Waste must be pre-sorted for recycling.

For more information please visit:

or telephone 0300 013 223.


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