RECYCLING rates within the borough are continuing to rise.
According to figures released this week by Newtownabbey Council, the overall waste recycling rate for 2010/11 was 42 per cent, and so far for the first three quarters of 2011/12 the average has been 44 per cent.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency’s latest statistics reveal that 3,613 tonnes of dry recyclabes and 6,628 tonnes of composting material was collected in the Newtownabbey area between October and December 2011, with just under 10,500 tonnes of waste being sent to landfill.
Despite the welcome drop in the amount of waste being sent to landfill, the council has stressed that more will be done in the coming weeks and months to allow residents to recycle even more items.
Local householders will see their blue bins replaced with a new black kerbie box that will be collected weekly. The new scheme - using the red and black boxes - will accept not only paper, but also waxed cartons and other plastic such as yoghurt pots and butter tubs - items which weren’t previously recycled.
“All householders will receive more information on the new scheme prior to it starting. With residents being able to recycle more through the kerbside boxes and also recycling garden and food waste through the brown bins we hope that we can continue to produce increasing recycling rates over the coming years,” a council spokesperson commented.
Meanwhile, over the next few weeks Bryson Recycling will be replacing faulty kerbside boxes across Newtownabbey ahead of the introduction of the new service, which is due to be rolled out from the end of May.
Boxes issued prior to 2008 were found to be defective, as they did not contain a UV filter which has caused them to fade and become brittle over time. They will be removed from circulation by Bryson crews over the coming weeks as part of the normal collection cycle.
Eric Randall, Director of Bryson Recycling, said: “It has been disappointing to see the quality of boxes deteriorate before their time, and we are satisfied that we can now ensure that all residents have good quality recycling containers in place before the launch of our new kerbside recycling service during the next few months.”
For further information about the kerbie recycling service contact Bryson Recycling on 028 9084 8494 or log on to www.brysonrecycling.org