Derry City and Strabane District Council has announced plans to roll out over 12,000 brown bins over the coming weeks in an effort to assist people dispose of green and garden waste.
Council’s Environment and Regeneration’s Section continue to provide critical services such as normal refuse collection services, a special COVID-19 helpline and excess waste service, street cleansing, waste enforcement and fleet management services, and the team have worked to put additional measures and resources in place to roll out the Garden Waste Recycling scheme.
The step has been warmly welcomed by elected members who were provided with information on the rollout at a special online briefing on Tuesday. The initiative follows a very successful pilot scheme that was rolled out last year across the Council area and additional funding secured from DAERA Kerbside Recycling Transformation Programme to roll the scheme out further.
The Garden Waste Recycling Scheme allows the public to dispose of all their green waste, which includes leaves, grass, weeds, dead plants, cold ashes, twigs and small branches and flowers. Materials including rubble, plant pots and plastic food packaging are not suitable for disposal in these bins.
Karen Phillips, Director for Environment and Regeneration explained that brown wheelie bins would be rolled out across the Council area starting from Monday next 19 April with collections starting within a two-week period.
She said householders in the areas identified to receive a Brown Bin will receive notification and advice on how best to use it, as well as details on when to put it out for collection. While a number of areas across the Council area already have the brown bins, it is hoped that this additional roll-out will mean the majority of householders will soon have the ability to dispose of all their green waste using their home refuse collection service.
Among the areas set to be included in the scheme are – Culmore (Monday); Drumahoe, Lettershandoney/Campsie (Tuesday); Crescent Link Area (Wednesday); Prehen/Old Strabane Road/Shepherd’s Glen (Thursday); Ballymagroarty/Hazelbank/Glen Area (Friday); Ballyarnett/Lenamore area (Monday); Kilfennan (Tuesday); Caw/Nelson Drive (Wednesday); Belt Road, Trench Road/Church Brae/Tullyally/Currynierin (Thursday); Duncreggan/Pennyburn/Culmore Road/Greenhaw and Steelstown Road areas (Friday).
Members of the public receiving their bins from next week will also receive literature and advice on how to use the bin as well as details of their scheduled collection date.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Michaela Boyle said the further roll out of brown bins is welcome news and she thanked the Council for facilitating this during the current emergency situation.
“The roll-out of the brown bins is really good news. With the current pandemic more and more people are at home and spending time in their gardens and having the garden waste bins to dispose of their green waste will be very beneficial. Household recycling centres across the North continue to be closed and our Council is doing all it can to provide as many waste services as possible. The recently set up Covid-9 Waste Helpline is proving very successful in providing advice and assistance to the public on how best to dispose of their waste as well as reaching out to those with excess waste issues and in most need of additional help and support. I would once again like to acknowledge the efforts of all the Waste Management staff at Council for their continued service and dedication during this difficult time.”
Details of the Garden Waste Recycling Scheme including details of what areas are to be included and their scheduled collection day are all available on the Council’s website at www.derrystrabane.com/greenwaste