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Household Recycling Centres

Waste Management Arrangements 2021

All 10 Household Recycling Centres are now operating on a restricted basis across the district. Please see below the list of Centres open and their restricted opening hours.

  1. Ballynahinch HRC; Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 4.45pm (to facilitate closure at 5pm)

  2. Camlough HRC;  Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 3.45pm (to facilitate closure at 4pm)

  3. Castlewellan HRC; Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 4.45pm (to facilitate closure at 5pm)

  4. Crossmaglen HRC; Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 3.45pm (to facilitate closure at 4pm) Closed for lunch 12.30pm-1.00pm - Last entry 12:15pm

  5. Downpatrick HRC; Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 4.45pm (to facilitate closure at 5pm)

  6. Hilltown HRC;  - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 9.30am - 3.45pm. CLOSED TUESDAYS - Closed for lunch 12.30pm-1.00pm - Last entry 12:15pm

  7. Kilkeel HRC; Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 3.45pm (to facilitate closure at 4pm)

  8. Newry HRC; Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 3.45pm (to facilitate closure at 4pm)

  9. Newtownhamilton HRC; Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 3.45pm (to facilitate closure at 4pm) Closed for lunch 12.30pm-1.00pm - Last entry 12:15pm

  10. Warrenpoint HRC; Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 3.45pm (to facilitate closure at 4pm) Closed for lunch 12.30pm-1.00pm - Last entry 12:15pm


Please monitor this webpage and social media pages  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.


Removal and Retention of Bottle and Can Banks at Council Locations 

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has recently undertaken a review for Bottle and Can Bank placements across the district.

Usage at the sites has decreased significantly due to the success of our Household Blue Bin Recycling Collection Service.

All Householders are in receipt of a Blue Bin, which is collected fortnightly. Glass, bottles and jars may be placed into householders Blue Bins .

The Council has decided to retain Bottle and Can Banks at all of our Household Recycling Centres and other essential Council facilities. 

Arrangements have commenced from Monday 19 April for a contractor to remove Bottle, Can Banks and signage from other locations. 

Removal of these banks will be advertised in the local press and via the Council’s corporate social media channels.

To view the full list of the locations where Bottle and Can Banks will be retained/removed please click here


Battery Recycling

Batteries must not be placed in the Council’s black, brown or blue/green wheelie bins. This is because batteries contain dangerous chemicals. When batteries are mixed with other waste they can cause fires at waste and recycling facilities, causing damage and posing a danger to those who work there.


So where can you safely recycle batteries?

Batteries can be recycled at your local Household Recycling Centre (HRC) where there are bins clearly labelled for batteries.

Some shops and supermarkets also provide recycling bins for batteries in store and your local school or community group may also have set up a collection scheme.

Remember the following when recycling batteries:

  • never put batteries in normal rubbish or recycle bins
  • only recycle batteries at your local Household Recycling Site or by using a proper battery recycling and collection scheme
  • remove batteries from devices if you can and recycle both the battery and the device separately in the bins provided at your local Household Recycling Centre
  • if you can’t remove the battery from the device recycle both together in the small electrical items bin at the HRC.

Still unsure what to do visit www.takecharge.co.uk or email recycling@nmandd.org


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 mineral or vegetable 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**)
  • batteries.


* 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.

We ask that you avoid producing excess amounts of waste by doing house or garage clearances, tidying up your garden, DIY etc. Every bit of waste we can reduce will make a real difference to maintaining a good service for everyone.

Pre-sort your waste. Centre users must sort their waste for recycling. Users will not be allowed to dispose of recyclable waste in the general waste stream. For more information on why you must pre-sort your waste please click here. 

Thank you for your co-operation in helping keep our district clean and safe.


Your Local Household Recycling Centre (HRC)

Ballykine HRC, Ballynahinch. Telephone: 078 1753 1912

Bann Road HRC, Castlewellan. Telephone: 0330 137 4722

Camlough HRC, Quarter Road, Camlough. Telephone: 0330 137 4540

Downpatrick HRC, Flying Horse Road, Downpatrick. Telephone: 0330 137 4454

Crossmaglen, Newry Road, Crossmaglen. Telephone: 0330 137 4541

Hilltown HRC, Rostrevor Road, Hilltown. Telephone: 0330 137 4542

Kilkeel HRC, Ballymageogh Road, Kilkeel. Telephone: 0330 137 4543

Newry HRC, Chapel Road, Newry. Telephone: 0330 137 4544

Newtownhamilton HRC, Newry Road, Newtownhamilton. Telephone: 0330 137 4545

Warrenpoint HRC, Upper Dromore Road, Warrenpoint. Telephone: 0330 137 4546


Contact Details

If you need any further information, please contact:

Waste Department
E: recycling@nmandd.org