Big changes to Derry bin collections in January

Big changes in bin collections across the city are due to take effect next month.
Big changes in bin collections across the city are due to take effect next month.

Changes to bin collection services in some areas of Derry are to take place in the New Year.

The changes, say Derry City Council, are being made to improve the operational effectiveness of the service.

They’re also happening because of the increase in housing stock over recent years.

In the week beginning January 12, 2015, all domestic properties in the city will receive a black bin collection with all blue bins being collected the following week i.e. week commencing January 19.

The service will then operate on an alternate weekly basis thereafter. Residents are reminded to please have their bins out for collection no later than 7.30am.

These changes will have most impact in the Waterside area with residents there having to ‘reverse’ their current collection schedule.

Residents in the Waterside area of the city are advised that arrangements have been put in place so that both black and blue bin waste is to be collected from homes on the usual collection day of the week commencing Monday, January 5.

This has been put in place so that there is a smooth transition to the new waste collection rota that comes into place the following week.

Householders are asked to note that food waste collection service will also commence from January 12 with weekly food waste collections taking place thereafter on the normal bin collection day.

Conor Canning, Head of Environmental Services at Derry City Council, explained that stickers advising of the change of collection day will be placed on all bins across the city and that calendars, indicating the new collection service arrangements, will be circulated to all homes across the city in the coming weeks.

He said: “Only residents living in some areas in the city will have their bin collection day changed as part of this process; it will be service as normal for the majority of people. To prevent confusion, all areas will be informed by having a sticker placed on their bin providing details of the new collection day.”

Mr Canning urged members of the public with any queries relating to the new system to contact the Council directly at Tel: 028 7136 5151 or via the web at

“We would encourage the public to be patient and to co-operate with us in implementing this new system,” he added. “We are keen that this message be issued to the public so that they fully understand the changes and, with their co-operation, there can be a smooth transition of the service.”