Council launches C, D, E, F recycling campaign 

10th December 2021

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Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has launched a new recycling campaign – C, D, E, F – to encourage people to ensure items placed in the blue household recycling bin are Clean, Dry, Empty and Flat so we can get the most value from recyclable materials.

Launching the C, D, E, F campaign, Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Errol Thompson, said:

“When it comes to recycling items in our blue household bins, the ABCs are all about the correct items going in, but it is just as important to ensure these items are Clean, Dry, Empty and Flat; ‘CDEF’. Presenting items in this way will ensure they retain their recyclable quality so they can be reprocessed into new everyday items helping to protect the environment, reduce waste to landfill and save local ratepayers money as it costs more to send waste to landfill compared to recycling.

I would like to thank Fermanagh and Omagh residents for continuing to recycle and making a difference to our local environment. Small actions can have a big impact; if we all recycled just one more plastic bottle every week in the district, 6.1 million more would be recycled annually. That’s a significant amount and one I believe is wholly achievable if we all work together. With Christmas just around the corner, now is a good time to start as we all mean to go on.”

As part of the campaign, residents are encouraged to ensure recyclable items placed in the blue household recycling bin are:

Clean –  washing out plastics, bottles and cans avoids contamination of other recyclable materials.

Dry – wet paper and cardboard can turn to mush and can stick to other materials.

Empty – never stack items inside each other as they are difficult to separate at the recycling facility.

Flat – flatten items to save space in your bin and avoid other items being placed inside.

The C, D, E, F campaign will be rolled out across the district and on Council social media channels over the next number of months.

For further information on recycling please visit the Council website at, download the free Bin-ovation app or telephone the Council’s waste and recycling team on 0300 303 1777.