Free composters for Strabane District Council residents

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Strabane District Council is giving away 5,200 home composting bins free to residents of Strabane District Council area.

These free composters are being provided through the Department of the Environment’s Rethink Waste Fund which was launched by the Environment Minister Edwin Poots last year.

Speaking on the initiative, the Environment Minister said he wanted to encourage people to take up this opportunity.

“Composting is a great way of reducing waste to landfill by making nutritious compost for the garden from waste such as fruit and vegetable peelings and grass and hedge clippings that could otherwise end up in the main bin.

“We all have an interest in reducing our waste as continuing to send waste to landfill means that we could face huge European Union fines and increasing landfill tax costs which will ultimately add to our rates bills. This Rethink Waste initiative is therefore good for the environment and the economy.”

Strabane District Council’s Chairperson, Councillor Michaela Boyle also backed the initiative saying: “I would encourage all residents who have a patch of ground to put a compost bin on to take advantage of this offer. Composting diverts food waste from your black bin and ultimately from landfill. It also helps reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. The more waste we divert from landfill the better it will be for us all.”

The North West Region Waste Management Group of whom Strabane District Council is a member received funding to purchase the home composting bins. The composting bins hold 220L of compost and measure approximately 740mm wide and 900mm high. They will easily fit into the boot or back seat of an average car and are made from 100% recycled plastic and are supplied with a how to use guide.

There is a maximum limit of 2 per household. They will be available to collect from 5 locations namely Strabane District Council offices at 47 Derry Road, Strabane, Donemana Recycling Centre at Berryhill Road, Newtownstewart Recycling Centre at Douglas Road, Plumbridge Recycling Centre at Ligford Road and Killen Recycling Centre on Scraghey Road, Killen, Castlederg.

The free composters will be available during the following opening hours of these centres 10.00 am – 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm. They are not available for home delivery and you will be asked to provide your name and address when calling at the centres to collect them.