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Bin Collection Information and Calendar

We are currently collecting all domestic bins on your normal collection day, we just ask that they are out by 6am on the morning of collection. Please do not leave side waste or extra rubbish bags next to your bins.

We have three different coloured bins for the separate collection of household waste. The blue/green and brown bins are for recycling and the black is for non-recyclable waste. 

We have provided A Quick Guide to your waste and recycling during the Coronavirus crisis.

Household Recycling Centres

From Monday 22 June 2020 seven of our HRCs will now operate on a 5-day basis (Monday to Friday). The opening hours for Crossmaglen HRC remain Tuesday to Thursday (10am-4pm).  Please note: Staff have to clean and prepare the sites for the next day, therefore the last permitted entry to HRCs will be 3.45pm.

Please see below the list of centres open and their restricted opening hours:

1. Newry HRC Monday - Friday 10am – 3.45pm (to facilitate closure at 4pm)

2. Camlough HRC Monday - Friday 10am - 3.45pm (to facilitate closure at 4pm)

3. Warrenpoint HRC Monday - Friday 10am - 3.45pm (to facilitate closure at 4pm)

4. Kilkeel HRC Monday - Friday 10am - 3.45pm (to facilitate closure at 4pm)

5. Crossmaglen HRC Tuesday -Thursday 10am - 3.45pm (to facilitate closure at 4pm)

6. Ballynahinch HRC Monday - Friday 10am - 3.45pm(to facilitate closure at 4pm)

7. Downpatrick HRC Monday - Friday 10am - 3.45pm(to facilitate closure at 4pm)

8. Castlewellan HRC Monday - Friday 10am – 3.45pm (to facilitate closure at 4pm)

Please monitor this webpage for future changes to HRC operating hours and key service changes.

There will also be an increase on the types and quantities of acceptable waste materials. This now includes previously accepted materials plus the following:

  • Home furnishings (i.e. beds, three-piece suites)
  • Quantities increased to a maximum of 6-8 bags (previously accepted materials)
  • Larger items of wood (furniture must be broken down, load size restrictions still apply)
  • Larger items of scrap metal (load size restrictions still apply)

Social distancing is in operation at our HRC sites, which may cause delays. Please be patient and do consider that if a queue has formed at a site that you should return at a less busy time.

We are constantly reviewing the number of days and hours of operation, with a view to increasing these at the earliest opportunity.

A full list of the various waste materials now accepted at HRCs is as follows:

• Wood / Metal waste (maximum of 6-8 black waste bags/equivalent in volume)
• Essential General Household (black bag) waste – maximum limit of 6-8 bags per household includes Garden Waste and Essential Mixed Dry Recyclable waste (paper, cardboard, cans and bottles only) 
• Empty paint tins
• 2 x 5 litre tins of domestic waste paint (multiple partially filled tins will not be accepted)
• 2 x 5 litre containers of waste oil
• Small Electrical items i.e. microwaves, kettles, toasters etc
• Large Electrical items i.e. fridge, cooker (maximum of two items**)
• Waste for Reuse* (i.e. bicycles)
• Home furnishings (wood) provided they are broken down for disposal to wood waste container
• Mattresses* (maximum of two per week per property**)

* Warrenpoint HRC does not facilitate mattress or Reuse disposal
** Householders bringing larger items for disposal, must be accompanied by another
person in the same vehicle to assist in off-loading such items. Due to social distancing
measures, HRC staff are not permitted to assist in off-loading waste

We remind all residents that fly-tipping is illegal. We will seek to fine anyone caught dumping waste outside our sites, CCTV remains in operation at our Household Recycling Centres.


Bulky Collection Service

The Council’s Bulky Collection Service has now been suspended. We ask you to hold onto large items such as furniture, mattresses etc until services return to normal.

The Council recognises the inconvenience that may be experienced because of these changes to service. These measures are necessary and services will be restored as soon as Government issues guidance to do so.

More government issued guidance can be found here: https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/news/protect-and-respect-all-key-workers

Visit the NI Direct website at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19 for advice on coronavirus (COVID-19), including government services which may be affected.

Your Waste Collection Service

Bin Collection Calendar

The Council has recently introduced a postcode search facility. This facility is so residents can find address specific information about their bin collection day and schedule.

Please note: We have not changed any collection schedules and ask that if the calendar associated with your postcode features the wrong collection day, you let us know by contacting us on 0330 137 4047. Thank you.

Click here to enter your postcode to view bin collection dates for your area.

Important Information

Please place your bin at the kerbside no later than 6am. Please leave the bin with handles facing the road and the lid closed. We will not collect loose or bagged waste.

Please do not put the following items in any of your wheelie bins:

  • Hazardous/Special Waste such as:
  • Asbestos material
  • Building and construction waste
  • Motor oil
  • Motor vehicle batteries
  • Used paint
  • Soil or stones
  • Dead animals

Brown Bin: Food waste must go in the brown bin. You can purchase compostable brown bin liners in most local shops and supermarkets. Old newspapers can also be used to line your brown bin. Strictly no food waste in the black bin.

Blue Bin: All clean and dry recyclable waste including glass bottles and jars should go in the blue bin. Materials that can be recycled in your blue bin are:

Mixed paper, newspaper and magazines
Metal cans and aerosols
Glass bottles and jars
Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays

For more detailed information about what you can put in your brown/ blue bin click here or phone 0330 137 4047.  

What Do I Do If My Bin Has Not Been Collected?

We aim to collect all bins on their scheduled collection day. However, sometimes for various reasons we may miss some (eg parked cars, roadworks, vehicle breakdown or adverse weather).

If this does not explain why your bin was not collected, please contact us. When a delay has occurred we will return to collect your bin on the next available day.

If you note that a number of neighbouring bins have been missed, we will be aware of this and will try to collect your bin on the next available day. Please leave your bin at the kerbside.

Check the list below for some reasons why your bin may not have been collected:

  • Did you leave your bin out before 6am on its correct collection day?
  • During holidays, bin collection days may change - is there a change to your collection day?
  • Was your bin lid closed and no other side waste left outside your bin?
  • Did you put a non-recyclable item in your recycling bin?

What Do I Do If My Bin Is Damaged?

Refuse crews must report if they damage a bin whilst emptying. If this happens, the Council will replace your bin.

Sometimes bins split or become damaged due to normal wear and tear. In cases like this it is the responsibility of the householder to buy a replacement bin. For health and safety reasons, crews may not lift damaged bins.

Buy a Bin.

Contact Details

If you need any further information, please contact:

Waste Department Customer Services Section
Telephone: 0330 137 4047
Email: info@nmandd.org