Council issues Christmas recycling advice and changes to bin collections for bins due to be collected on Christmas Day

10th December 2020

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Household bin collections will continue as normal across the district over the Christmas and new year period with the exception of Christmas Day. 

If your bin is due for collection on Friday 25 December 2020, please present your bin for collection by 7 am on Saturday 19 December 2020.  

Please remember 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. 

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 recycling and reusing as much as they can.

There are lots of festive items all around the home that can be recycled or 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.

There are also the everyday items that can be put in your blue bin from just about everywhere in the house. 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. Please ensure that your recyclables are Clean, Dry and Loose in your blue bin.  

For further information on what items go into each bin, please visit the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council website or download the Bin- ovation app on your mobile phone or tablet. 

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council also encourages residents to put anything that can’t be eaten into their food caddy/brown bin for recycling. 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. 

Make the most of your Christmas leftovers – not only is leftover turkey great for making sandwiches, salad and pies, but leftover vegetables can be used in soups or curries. There are many recipes available online – visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for lots of recipe ideas for leftovers 

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 please contact Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Waste and Recycling on 0300 303 1777.