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Changes to waste and recycling collections in the Castle Electoral Area*

*Please note these changes only apply to some streets in the Castle District. Any houses which will be affected will receive a letter and leaflet from us. You can also check if your street is affected at the link below. 

In 2018, we carried out a public consultation on waste and recycling. The feedback was positive and the majority of residents said they would support a change towards a “kerbside sort” scheme for recycling. We’ve listened to this feedback and will be trialling a new, weekly recycling and food waste collection service in part of the Castle District Electoral Area (around 4500 households). This will involve swapping your recycling bin to a wheelie box and green food waste bin.

Regarding general waste collections, 81% of residents said they’d prefer a 180 litre black bin collected every two weeks, instead of a instead of a change to a collection every three weeks. We’re going to issue a 180 litre general waste bin to all households on the new scheme.  

What are the changes?

This leaflet (PDF 1.25 MB) explains the new service and how you can recycle even more of your waste. Your recycling and black bin collections are both changing. Households in the affected area will receive a letter advising when the new services will start.

Changes to recycling:

We’ll be removing all recycling bins from your area, so please leave your recycling bin out, no matter what’s in it. We will remove and reuse your recycling bin.

Your new wheelie box and food waste bin will be collected weekly. Your letter will confirm your new collection day, or you can use our bin day checker.

We’ll deliver your wheelie box and green food waste bin to your home a few days before your last recycling bin collection. Please mark your wheelie box and green food waste bin with your house number. The wheelie box and food waste bin should be presented from 7am in the same place that you previously presented your recycling bin. After collection, the top box may be ‘tilted’ to show that it has been emptied. Please remember, we have a policy of no food waste in black bins, so please use your weekly recycling service for your food waste.

Changes to black bin collections:


We’ll remove all larger black bins (240 litre and above) and they will no longer be collected. If you wish to keep your larger black bin please stick the green “I wish to keep my bin” label on the lid of your bin. Labels will be delivered by our Resource Advisers along with the leaflet and letter.

If you don’t already have a 180 litre general waste bin, we’ll deliver one a few days before your last larger black bin collection. The collection day is the same for your black bin and collections will remain fortnightly. From this date onwards, we’ll only collect one 180 litre black bin from each household, except in certain circumstances*. Households who need more than one black bin will require an assessment. Please get in touch to check if you’re eligible and arrange an assessment.

Brown bin collections:

Please recycle your food waste in your green food waste bin. This is collected weekly. Brown bin collection days will stay the same for garden waste.

Purple glass box collections:

You can recycle glass bottles and jars in your new wheelie box, so if you have a purple box for glass, it will be emptied for the last time and removed on your usual collection day, week commencing 23 September. Please present it full or empty so that it can be removed and re-used or recycled.

Why the changes?

The new scheme provides a weekly recycling collection of a wider range of better quality materials, allowing us to process most of the materials here in Northern Ireland, rather than exporting them. This keeps the value of the materials in Northern Ireland and supports more local jobs.

The new scheme is aimed at delivering a more sustainable city as set out in The Belfast Agenda.

More information and feedback:

We have put together a document which contains more information and frequently asked questions (FAQs).

You can give us feedback or request more information by calling 0800 032 8100. You can also email us on wheelieboxes@belfastcity.gov.uk

*Family of six or more or household with an individual who has a medical condition which generates additional non-recyclable waste.


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Waste management
0800 032 8100
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street
Belfast
BT2 8BP