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Brown Bins

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

Why not make recycling in the kitchen easier and make use of your FOOD WASTE CADDY


What CAN’T go in my brown bin?

Anything not listed above.

Soil (large amounts)

Plastic bags


Tree trunks


Thick branches


Residents can also purchase a Home Composter at £9.99.


Frequently Asked Questions

I have run out of food waste liners- how do I get more?

You can attach your red tag to your brown bin and the crews will leave a roll of liners on your next collection day.

Liners are also available in the Council’s leisure centres, community centres recycling centres and civic centres.

You can also use Council provided bio-degradable bags, which can be provided free of charge. 

How many brown bins can I have?

You may request up to two brown bins depending on our stock levels.

What day is my brown bin due to be collected?

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

What happens to the organic waste I put in the brown bin?

It is taken to an in-vessel composting facility at Glenside and reprocessed into compost.

What do I do if my brown bin hasn’t been collected?

We aim to collect 99% of all bins on their due day. However, sometimes for various reasons we may miss some (e.g. parked cars, roadworks etc. may obstruct safe access to your street). Check the list below for some reasons why your bin may not have been collected:

  1. Did you leave your bin out before 7am on its correct collection day? 
  2. During holidays, bin collection days may change - is there a change to your collection day? 
  3. Was your bin's lid closed and no other side waste left outside your bin?

If this doesn't explain why your bin was not collected then as long as you let us know within 24hrs we can arrange for it to be collected. If you tell us later than this then it will not be possible to schedule a bin lorry to collect your waste. To report your bin collection as being missed simply call us T. 028 9034 0056.


Advice on Maggots

The following advice may help minimise the occurrence for householders experiencing issues.


  • Maggots only exist if flies have been allowed to have access to rubbish such as food waste. So if flies settle on this type of rubbish they may lay eggs, which will then hatch into maggots.

  • The first step is to make sure that flies can’t get at your rubbish; in fact wheelie bins are much better at keeping flies out than black bin bags.

  • Ensure that the lid of your wheeled bin is kept closed;

  • Try to reduce the amount of food wasted (visit http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/)

  • Use the food waste bags provided, squeeze out the air from the bags and tie them tightly.

  • Don't leave food waste and unrinsed food containers open in your kitchen. Ensure food waste is carefully wrapped and put in the appropriate bin as soon as possible.

  • Never leave food uncovered inside the home remember flies may lay eggs on exposed food and in warm weather the eggs can hatch within 24 hours

  • If you are also using the brown bin for garden waste, placing layers of garden waste between food bags may help.

  • If possible store your wheeled bin out of direct sunlight, as the sun will warm up the bin, increase the risk of smells and help attract flies. If your bin is broken or does not shut properly contact the waste services team to arrange a repair or replacement.

  • Always keep the inside and outside of your bin clean using a disinfectant and remove any food spills

What can I do about maggots in my bin?

  • Maggots and fly eggs can be killed by using boiling water

  • Most of the maggots will go when the bin is emptied.  Once emptied the bin can be cleaned out with disinfectant or bleach and plenty of water.  Use a cleaning product with a fragrance as this will help deter flies in the future.

Can maggots cause health problems?

  • Maggots are unpleasant but there is no evidence to suggest that they cause health problems. Flies are all around no matter what type of collection service is in operation. The best approach is to be careful with your waste and ensure that flies can’t get to it by following the advice above. 


Contact Details

Cleansing Department:

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

Mossley Mill
BT36 5QA
Tel: 028 9034 0056/57

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