Council appeals to blue bin users to improve recycling

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Alderman Hilary McClintock pictured with Dessie McCrystal at the launch of the council’s new waste management app, Bin-Ovation, which is available for Android and iOS.


FOLLOWING on from the recent launch of council’s new ‘Bin-Ovation’ app, encouraging residents to learn more about bin collections, recycling and its recycling centres, Derry City and Strabane District Council is appealing to the public to be especially mindful of what items their bins should and should not contain in a bid to further improve recycling rates. While the free ‘Bin-Ovation App’ tool is designed to make home waste management as easy and efficient as possible and recent waste target figures have been positive, council is appealing to everyone to make sure they are using the correct bin for their waste items.

Nicola Doherty, waste services manager at Derry City and Strabane District Council said, “Council is fully committed to improving recycling rates locally. Recent waste figures for the City and district (July to September 2016) show that 44.7 per-cent of municipal waste was recycled or composted, demonstrating that the area is improving year on year on its recycling performance and remains on target to meet EU directives on recycling and reduction of waste going to landfill.

“Whilst this is positive news more can be done to improve on these figures and council is now calling on residents to build on these improvements by maximising the use of their blue bins, food waste caddies and brown bins for green waste. Ensuring that you are fully aware of what can and cannot be placed in blue bins will make a big difference to our waste management figures. It is very important that we as a community work continuously on improving recycling. The landfilling of waste has a negative impact on the natural environment and recycling helps to reduce the impact of this and helps conserve
natural resources.

“While support and information is always available from council’s recycling officer, council’s website and on the Bin-Ovation App, I’d like to urge everyone to use their blue bins correctly. Your blue bin is suitable for recyclable items such as paper, card- board, cans, tins, aerosols, plastic bottles, cartons and plastic containers, small waste electrical items, textiles, mixed glass and metal.

“Items that cannot be recycled in your blue bin include; tissues and window envelopes, plastic bags, nappies, food waste, polystyrene, general rubbish, duvets and quilts, TV’s computer monitors and microwaves. Recycling bins cannot be emptied if they contain unacceptable refuse. If in any doubt, simply contact council’s recycling team or visit council’s website where more information is available.”

Council have a wide range of programmes and schemes designed to raise awareness and further improve recycling rates locally. Recycling services include blue bin, food and green waste collections. These services allow householders to separate and recycle all their household waste. With upgrades to local recycling centres across the district such as, the opening of the state of the art new, award winning centre at Strahans Road in Strabane and the major transformation of the Pennyburn waste facility recycling has never been simpler.

To find out more about council’s recycling services and how you can make a difference, visit




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