Wheelie boxes on their way to 4,000 more local households

Mayor Thomas Hogg with Lisa Mayne, the council's Recycling Manager. INNT 17-520CON
Mayor Thomas Hogg with Lisa Mayne, the council's Recycling Manager. INNT 17-520CON

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has begun the roll out of the latest phase of its new triple stack recycling system.

Wheelie boxes are now on their way to thousands more households across Newtownabbey, including those in areas of Glengormley, Carnmoney, Ballynure and Straid.

The roll out of the latest phase of the triple stack scheme began on Monday, April 25 and is expected to take three weeks to complete.

Approximately 8,000 homes within the Newtownabbey area already have the new three-box recycling system, with a further 4,000 to be included in the current phase.

Households receiving wheelie boxes will also get a new streamlined 180 litre bin for household waste to replace their current black bin, in a further bid to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

According to the council, bin swaps will take place from Monday, May 2 to Friday, May 13.

Launching the latest phase of the initiative, Mayor Thomas Hogg commented: “Residents in our borough are great at recycling and to help make this process quicker and easier, new triple stack wheelie boxes are being distributed to households across the Newtownabbey area.

“The triple stack wheelie boxes will help encourage recycling and therefore reduce the amount of household waste going to landfill, which is great news for the environment.”

Items which can be recycled in the wheelie boxes include: Tins and cans, aerosols, food and drinks cartons, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, plastic pots, tubs and trays, newspapers and magazines, aluminium foil, textiles and household batteries.

Residents can check if their street is included in the latest phase of the roll out by logging on to www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/WheelieBoxes

Alternatively, more information is available by calling the council on 028 9034 0000.