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Brown Bins

 

BROWN BIN COLLECTIONS - 02.11.2018

Crews are experiencing difficulties emptying the full contents of some of the brown bins due to the content being frozen. 

As crews have attempted to make the collections, they are unable to return before the next collection date. 

 

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

 

If you run out of food waste liners, you can add food waste directly to your brown bin. You could even line your food caddy with some newspaper. 

Please do not put plastic bags, thick branches, tree trunks, bricks, stones or large amounts of soil in your brown bin. 

Why not make recycling in the kitchen easier and make use of your Food Waste Caddy or make your own compost at home with a Home Composter supplied by Council for just £9.99.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What day is my brown 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 and Newtownabbey.

 

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 of green waste 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 brown bin?

Information on what types of waste are accepted in the brown 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 brown bin?

Putting the wrong waste in your brown 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.

 

Can I put grass which has been treated with weed-killer into the brown bin?

For grass treated by weed-killer the clippings should be left on the lawns themselves to break down.  This should be done for the first 4 mowings after weed-killer has been applied, after which the clippings can again be placed in the brown bin.

 

Can I put cat litter or pet bedding in my brown bin?

You can only put organic cat litter or pet bedding into your brown bin, e.g. cat litter made from paper or wooden pellets and pet bedding made from shredded paper or straw.  It should be a reasonable amount, i.e. not accumulating over a period of time before being presented and not taking up the majority of the bin.  All other pet bed and cat litter should still be placed in the black bin.

 

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 brown bin?

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

 

Can I have more than 1 brown bin?

You may request additional brown bins depending on our stock levels.  Please contact a member of the Waste Management team for further details.

 

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 at the Council Leisure Centres, Household Recycling Centres and Civic Centres.   

 

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 below. 

 

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
  • 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

Contact Details

Cleansing Department:

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

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

Email:
[email protected]