Council urges public to cut down on black bin waste in new initiative

Tue, 14/05/2019 - 16:10 -- Editor

Derry City and Strabane District Council have launched a new initiative encouraging local people to sort and separate their rubbish before attending recycling centres to assist with the recycling process.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor John Boyle, officially launched the Sort and Separate Campaign, another strand of Council’s campaign to encourage and help people to live more sustainably.

Speaking at the launch Mayor Boyle encouraged local people to embrace the initiative. “We are asking people to take time to separate materials before attending our sites, which will help ensure the right materials go into the right stations,” he explained. “Not only is recycling good for our environment, but it saves money too as it’s double the price to send black bin waste to landfill in comparison to recycling materials in your blue and brown bins.

“Our recycling operatives at local centres will be engaging with site users to ensure that all recyclable materials go in the correct stations. We encourage people to embrace this positive change and do their bit to help our planet.”

Waste and Recycling Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council Julie Hannaway said: “The Council was one of the first in the UK to commit to becoming single use plastic free in all of its facilities over the next three years. Now is the time to build on this, people need to put their good intentions into practice.

“We all have a responsibility to protect and conserve the environment and everyone can do their bit by recycling rubbish rather than throwing everything in their black bin. It takes just a few minutes to separate things like glass, boxes, plastic, aluminium cans and tins from things that can’t be recycled. It’s time we started thinking positively about our recycling and the difference we can make with  a bit of extra effort.”

For more information on what can be collected for recycling from the home or to find the nearest bring banks and Household Waste Recycling Centres, use the Recycling Locator from Recycle Now www.recyclenow.com