Black bag waste to be phased out at recycling centres

The food bin waste will be collected along with regular bins.
The food bin waste will be collected along with regular bins.

The new supercouncil has announced plans to refuse ‘black bag’ household waste at its recycling centres, while all homes are to get new bins for food and green waste.

At present, rubbish in black bags are accepted at Derry City & Strabane District’s 12 recycling centres.

Pennyburn Amenity Site has been plagued with people illegally dumping black bags at its gates during holiday periods.

Pennyburn Amenity Site has been plagued with people illegally dumping black bags at its gates during holiday periods.

This will, however, be “phased out” in the future, as part of the new council’s ‘Procedure for Waste Management Services’.

In a report brought before the council’s Environment and Regeneration Committee, in relation to collections from wheeled bins, it states:

“All waste for collection must be contained within the wheeled bin compatible with the Council’s refuse collection vehicles.

“The lid of the bin must be fully closed and additional bags or side waste cannot be collected during the bin collections as these pose and unacceptable health and safety risk to the collection crews.

“Additional waste can be disposed of at a number of the Council’s twelve Household Recycling centres.

“The acceptance of household waste at Council Recycling centres in the form of black bags will be phased out.”

Derry City and Strabane District Council collect and treat waste from 56,000 homes and 900 businesses every week, and also provide a street cleaning services to cover approximately 1,130 kilometres of carriageway.

The new council has also revealed that they are to provide green bins to every home in the near future as well as new brown bins for the separate collection and treatment of food waste from households- some of which have already been rolled out.

There is also now a duty on commercial food businesses who produce in excess of 5kg of food waste per week to provide a separate collection for such waste.

The land filling of food waste is now banned as of April 1, 2015, and by the end of 2017 all households will be provided with a five litre brown kitchen caddy for use within the house and a 23 litre external brown caddy for presentation of waste for collection.

The external caddy has a locking lid for vermin control and to prevent spillages. Households should present their external caddy for collection on a weekly basis at the same agreed collection point as their wheeled bins before 7.30 am on all collection days.

The council committee agreed to endorse the strategy at the Guildhall on Wednesday evening, after a proposal to do so was put forward by Sinn Fein Councillor Christopher Jackson.

Colr. Jackson did however query why it would take so long to distribute the bins and was told by a council officer that they had 56,000 properties to reach, but if they could finish the roll-out sooner they would.

The list of foods which can be included in the food waste collection is listed on Council web page; www.derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com/recycle or Recycling Helpline Tel 02871 374107.

The Bulky collection service provided on a scheduled weekly basis within fixed zones remains free to all householders within the Council Area. To avail of the service telephone 028 7137 4107 where the operator will take details of the items you wish to have collected and advise you of the collection day.

Bulky items which can be collected include old furniture, carpets, domestic appliances, garden refuse such as bagged grass and hedge cuttings.

Domestic waste arising from construction works i.e. fireplaces, building debris, kitchen and bathroom units etc will not be collected.

SDLP Councillor Angela Dobbins asked what the possibility would be for raising penalties for fly tipping, to which the council officer replied that officers did investigate such incidents.