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Blue Bins

Blue bin collections apply to Antrim area residents only.

The following items MUST be placed in your blue recycling bin:


Frequently Asked Questions

What day is my blue bin due to be collected?  How do I get a collection calendar?

You can check what day your bin is due to be collected by using our bin checker for Antrim

Where should I leave my bin?

Your bin should be left at the edge of your property or at the designated collection point, with the handle turned out.

What time will my bin be emptied?

Your bin collection can take place at any time from 7am onwards.  As collection times can vary, it is important that always leave your bin out for 7am to ensure that it is emptied.  We do not have sufficient resources to go back for a bin which was not out on time.

Will extra bags be lifted?

Due to health and safety concerns, only waste which is within the main body of the bin can be collected.  Therefore additional bags cannot be accepted.

Can I put my bin out with the lid raised?

Due to health and safety concerns, if your bin lid is raised it will not be emptied.  You will be asked to ensure that the lid is fully closed when your bin is presented on your next collection day.  We do not have sufficient resources to go back for a bin which was rejected due to a raised lid

What type of waste should I put in the blue bin?

Information on what types of waste are accepted in the blue bin are shown above.  If you have a query about recycling you can contact a member of the Waste Management team who will be happy to advise you.

What happens if I put the wrong type of waste in my blue bin?

Putting the wrong waste in your blue bin will contaminate your bin and it will not be emptied.  You must remove the contaminating items if you want your bin to be emptied on the next scheduled collection day.  We do not have sufficient resources to go back for a bin which was rejected due to contamination.

What happens if my bin appears to have been missed?

We will always try to empty your bin on your scheduled collection day.  However, sometimes for various reasons we may miss some e.g. parked cars, roadworks blocking access to your street, difficult road conditions or adverse weather.  Where you are not at fault, and resources permit, we will attempt to go back out for your bin.  In these instances, continue to leave your bin out and, if necessary, contact a member of the waste Management team on Tel: 028 9034 0056, after 4pm, for further instructions.  All missed bins must be reported within 1 day of the scheduled collection for us to look into the matter on your behalf. 

Please note: Council reserves the right not to return to collect a bin which was not presented on time, had a raised lid or was contaminated.

What happens to the recycling waste I put in my blue bin?

It is taken to a mechanical recovery facility where the waste is separated into it’s various components before they are sent to be recycled into new materials.



Contact Details

Antrim Civic Centre
50 Stiles Way
BT41 2UB
Tel: 028 9446 3113

Mossley Mill
BT36 5QA
Tel: 028 9034 0000

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