Boost for local food waste recyclers

Recycling staff from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Beverley McMullanand Colin Patton prepare to roll out the new food waste recycling initiative. (Submitted Picture).
Recycling staff from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Beverley McMullanand Colin Patton prepare to roll out the new food waste recycling initiative. (Submitted Picture).

A civic push is on to encourage more residents in Ballymena and the wider Mid & East Antrim borough to recycle organic waste.

The processing cost for organic waste is considerably lower than sending waste straight to landfill.

Last year, over 12,300 tonnes of waste was processed through brown bins across Mid & East Antrim, representing almost half million pounds of savings to ratepayers.

“Moving forward, Council will focus on promoting responsible use of caddy liners and will target distribution to householders who use their brown bins,” a spokesperson for the local authority said.

“The idea behind providing these packs of caddy liners is to promote recycling amongst householders.

This will help Council is to meet recycling targets and protect the environment.

“Many householders find caddy liners a convenient way of transferring food waste to their brown bin. Council would underline that householders can also put food waste into their brown bins either loosely or wrapped in newspaper.”

The Council is now offering free compostable liners for waste food caddies, distributed to all residents across Mid and East Antrim, three times annually.

As the new approach is implemented across the Borough, promotional materials will be distributed to householders over the coming months.

Householders can visit the Council website to discover more about opportunities for recycling across the Borough.