DERRY City and Strabane District Council has announced the extension this week of their mixed garden and food waste scheme to a number of new locations in rural areas.
The scheme is part of the wider recycling drive taking place across the City and District and follows on from a successful pilot of the scheme in Strabane where over 8,000 homes use the mixed waste bins.
Householders living in the villages of Claudy, Park, Cullion and Camus will be able to avail of the new service from today and should already have received their indoor caddy and outdoor brown wheelie bin.
An information pack about what items can go in the new food and garden waste bin have been provided and are also available on the Council website.
Council’s recycling inspectors will also be carrying out home visits in the coming weeks to provide advice and support to residents.
Householders in Donemana, Plumbridge and Douglas Bridge will also be getting an upgrade from their current outdoor food waste caddy to a mixed food and garden waste wheelie bin and can use their outdoor caddy for whatever means they see fit.
People are advised to leave their new brown wheelie bin out along with their black bin for collection from today, and bins will be collected fortnightly.
Council’s Waste Services Manager Nicola McCool said there were many practical and environmental benefits to the scheme.
“This new service will mean that people will now be able to recycle all organic garden waste with food waste in their brown wheelie bin,” she explained.
“Materials like grass, weeds, leaves and cold ash can be put loosely in the brown wheelie bin along with food waste from the home which should be placed in the compostable liners provided.
“Small amounts of animal waste can also be put in this bin.
“Recycling food is so good for our environment as we turn your peelings into compost for local parks, roundabouts and cemeteries helping plants and flowers grow.
“We also giveaway this compost to local community groups, schools and the public throughout the year as a thank you for taking the time to recycle.
“It costs a lot less as this waste is being diverted from landfill meaning this money can be used for other things like keeping our streets clean and improving local services and events.”
If you’d like any further information on recycling food and garden waste please visit the website www.derrystrabane.com/recycling or download the free Bin-ovation recycling app.