Council sets out its position on recyclable waste in ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario

20th December 2018

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council wishes to affirm its position regarding contingency arrangements it has in place regarding the disposal of recyclable materials in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

Currently, the only material directly sent to the Republic of Ireland is green (garden) waste from the Fermanagh area which is sent to a contractor in Co Donegal.

In the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit and that the Council is restricted from sending waste to the Republic of Ireland, the Council could use a number of Northern Ireland based contractors to dispose of green waste energy.

The Council currently employs a number of contractors to dispose of mixed dry recyclable material. These contractors have a responsibility to put in place contingency arrangements to ensure that they continue to have an outlet for the disposal of mixed dry recyclable materials in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit scenario.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council remains totally committed to recycling in all its forms and encourages our residents to continue to recycle at every opportunity by making use of their household blue bin, bottle banks and recycling centres located across the district.

The option of sending recyclable waste to landfill in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit scenario would only be considered as an absolute measure of last resort and in that context is one that is unlikely to arise.

The Council continues to encourage everyone to maximise their recycling efforts.