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Recycling

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In Northern Ireland we recycle over 50% of our household waste each year.

We have made great strides in the amount of household waste recycled, increasing the percentage from 30% in 2008/09 to over 50% in 2018/19. But there is still more that we can do.

From information on food waste recycling to understanding what can and can’t be recycled in your area, we have you covered.

Chart showing increase in Northern Ireland Local Authority collected recycling rates from 28% in 2006 to over 50% in 2020.

Figures based on the Northern Ireland local authority collected municipal waste management statistics time series dataset https://datavis.nisra.gov.uk/daera/northern-ireland-waste-management-statistics.html#key-indicators

Unsure what items to put in your home recycling or where to recycle a specific item?

The Recycling Locator tells you everything you need to know to ensure that you are never left wondering what bin to put your recyclable items into or where to take items that aren’t collected during normal household collections.

Recycling at home

Most of us are very good at recycling at home, but could you be doing more? Check out these blogs for some inspiration on how to take your recycling game to the next level.

Recycling Around Your Home

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Recycling Around Your Home

Problem? Recycling Around Your Home? Some us keep a little bin in every room, matching…

May 22, 2019
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Recycling Beyond the Kerb

  Recycling at Home Recycling beyond the kerb, by now you’re used to keeping different…

May 15, 2019
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Recycling Symbols - What do they all mean?

Recycling Symbols – What do they all mean?

The on-pack recycling label (or OPRL) Recycling symbols but what do they all mean? Look…

May 16, 2019
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Food Waste Recycling

Food waste

7 Top Tips For Recycling Your Food Waste

Food waste that is sent to landfill doesn’t harmlessly breakdown. It has a big impact…

December 03, 2019
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Food Waste Recycling in Northern Ireland

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Food Waste Recycling in Northern Ireland

1. Recycled Food Waste 10 Things you didn’t know about recycled food waste, that includes…

May 21, 2019
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Food Waste Recycling

Food Waste Recycling

Recycling your food waste instead of putting it in the bin only takes a little…

May 09, 2019
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5 Ways to Get Creative With Your Food Waste

5 Ways to Get Creative With Your Food Waste

5 Ways to Get Creative With Your Food Waste All food waste can be thrown…

May 21, 2019
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Food Waste Recycling in Northern Ireland

5 Food Waste Myths Busted

1. It’s messy! 5 Food Waste Myths Busted! To replace the ‘ick’ with ‘slick’ and…

May 20, 2019
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Household Recycling Centres

Many items that you cannot put in your recycling bins or kerbside boxes can still be recycled at your local Household Recycling Centre.

Read the blogs below for information on how to make the most of the local recycling resources available to you.

Local Household Recycling Centres

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Making the most of your local Household Recycling Centre (HRCs)

Household Recycling Centres Making the most of your local Household Recycling Centre near you. Most…

June 06, 2019
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Visit local councils in Northern Ireland to find out more about the recycling services and facilities in your area.


More useful links

  • Waste – DAERA – learn more about waste strategy, regulations and legislation in Northern Ireland.
  • Waste and Recycling – NIDirect – information on waste, recycling, bin collection, and disposal of unusual or hazardous waste in Northern Ireland.
  • Recycle Now – all you need to know about recycling in your local area.

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