Changes to household bin collections

Bin collection calendar

Published: 29th August 2017

Residents of the Fermanagh and Omagh district are being reminded that changes to the household bin collection service will start from Monday 4 September 2017.

These include a change in collection day for a significant number of households across the district and the extension of the food waste caddy collection service to an additional 24,000 households.

Food waste is currently collected from 22,000 households across the district through the brown wheelie bin or the food waste caddy collection service.

Bin collection routes have been reviewed across the district to provide a more cost effective and efficient waste collection service while extending the food waste collection service to additional households.

Residents can check what day their bin will be collected on from Monday 4 September by telephoning Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777, option 1 Changes to bin collections, Text Phone 028 8225 6216.

Under new legislation – the Food Waste Regulations (Northern Ireland) – all food waste must be placed in your brown wheelie bin or food waste caddy. Food waste will no longer be acceptable in the black or green landfill bins.

Brown food waste caddies have recently been delivered to the 24,000 additional households. If any residents new to the scheme have not yet received a brown food waste caddy they should contact the Council on 0300 303 1777, option 1 Changes to bin collections or Text Phone 028 8225 6216.

Food waste is collected by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in a split lorry with a pod attached to the front for a separate food waste collection. The collected food waste is taken to a processing plant where it is recycled into renewable energy and chemical free compost reducing waste to landfill. Disposing food waste to landfill has a high financial and environmental cost, costing ratepayers on average £120 per tonne while methane gas produced by food waste in landfill is harmful to the environment.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council also has demanding targets to increase recycling and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. Failure to do so will result in financial penalties which will affect resources which could otherwise be invested in other services in the local community.

A small number of households in the district in areas that are difficult to access, flats and apartments and households that receive an assisted bin lift service will not be joining the food waste collection service in September due to operational constraints. The Council is assessing options on collecting food waste from these households in the future and advises these householders that home compost bins are available free of charge from Council recycling centres.

Household bin collections will continue to take place on a fortnightly basis however, during the initial change to bin collections some householders will have a blue bin collection for two weeks in a row. This has been necessary to implement the extension of the food waste collection service efficiently.  Fermanagh and Omagh District Council apologises for any inconvenience and advises householders who fall into this category to get in touch should they have any queries.

To check what day your bin will be collected on from Monday 4 September 2017 or for enquiries about the food waste collection service, please telephone Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777 option 1 Changes to bin collections, Text Phone 028 8225 6216.

 

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