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Food waste collection pilot

We have been running a pilot scheme in areas of Stranmillis and Malone to find out how useful a weekly food waste collection in diverting more food from landfill. The areas involved include Bladon, Hillside, Deramore, Newforge, Piney Hills and Malone Meadows.

There are several reasons why we are trying this new approach:

  • A recent study in Belfast showed that over 25 per cent of the material in black landfill bins is food, despite food being collected in brown bins for over five years. This costs the ratepayer an additional £750,000 per annum.
  • The number of brown bins presented for collection declines across the city over the winter.
  • Both the EU and National governments have identified food waste to be hugely detrimental to the environment and economy. Without improved collection rates we are likely to miss our recycling targets.

How the pilot works:

  • Participating households have all received a small green bin for their food waste. This is emptied weekly, every Tuesday.
  • Residents in the trial area who wish to continue to use their brown bin for the disposal of food waste throughout the pilot can continue to do so.
  • If you are not in the pilot area, your services will remain unchanged.

The results of the pilot will help inform how food waste recycling services will be provided in the future and will help our review of citywide recycling services.

If you need an extra green bin, food waste caddy or replacement bin, you can:

Food waste trial survey

We conducted surveys in the Stranmillis and Malone areas during August 2016 to find out if the trial has made recycling your food waste easier to do. From the results, we found that 88 per cent of residents in the area have taken part in the trial, and 74 per cent prefer a weekly collection of food waste.

These results will help us plan how waste will be collected across the city in the future.

Contact us
Waste management
0800 032 8100
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street