Council issues advice on Christmas bin collections and Recycling

13th December 2021

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Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has confirmed that household bin collections across the district will not be affected by Christmas and New Year closures this year and will continue as normal.

Please note, however, that in the event of snow and icy weather conditions bin collections could be affected, if so, please continue to leave your bins out and they will be collected as soon as possible.

With Covid still prevalent in the community, it is a timely reminder also to continue to wash hands and wipe bin handles after bringing the bin to the kerbside and after collection. If you are self-isolating, or have Covid-19, please follow the government advice and double bag your waste, set aside for 72 hours and place in your black or green landfill bin.

While the message is to reuse as much as possible, residents are encouraged to look throughout the house to see what can be recycled. Virtually every room in the house has something which can be reused or recycled. Items such as plastic bottles, milk, juice and sauce bottles, yoghurt pots and butter tubs, cream pots, fruit, vegetable and bun trays can be found in the kitchen. The bathroom is a great source of recyclable material such as toilet roll tubes, plastic shower gel and shampoo bottles, deodorant and shaving gel aerosols and not forgetting those empty aftershave glass bottles from the bedroom. However, it is vital that your recyclables are Clean, Dry Empty and Flat before being placed in the recycling bin.

The Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Errol Thompson said;

“Christmas is all about giving, so this Christmas, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is asking everyone to give a little back to help the environment by reusing as much possible and recycling what you can.

There are lots of festive items all around the home that can be reused, from cardboard boxes and empty drinks bottles to wrapping paper and greetings cards – but please remove as much tape as you can and leave out the heavily glittered or foiled types as these can’t be recycled.”

Continuing on the theme of reuse, Councillor Thompson added:

“I would encourage you to reuse leftovers as much as you can and put your food waste into your food waste caddy for recycling. There are some fantastic ideas for reusing leftover food at the Love Food Hate Waste website at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com.”

All food waste including turkey skin and bones, brussel sprouts, fruit skins, melon skins, vegetable peelings, bread, meat and fish and all leftovers should be placed in your brown bin or food waste caddy and presented at the kerbside for collection.

Compostable liners are available free of charge from Gortrush Depot Omagh, Killyvilly Depot Enniskillen, Recycling Centres located across the district.

Remember to bring your real Christmas trees, wreaths and other bulky recyclable material to your local Recycling Centre after the holiday. All recycling centres with the exception of Dromore, Rosslea and Lisbellaw can accept Christmas trees for recycling.

Unwanted Christmas presents can be donated to charity shops while batteries can be brought to the recycling centre or shops which provide a battery recycling facility.

For more information on Reducing, Reusing and Recycling over the Christmas and New Year period, or to find out what goes in each bin, you can contact Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Waste and Recycling service on 0300 303 1777, download the binovation app on your mobile device or visit the Council website at www.fermanaghomagh.com.