‘Contaminated’ bins will not be emptied householders warned

Oscar Millar (4) from Carrick, gives the thumbs-up as Julia Pearson (7) also from Carrick, demonstrates how to recycle - rather than 'bin' - food waste in Mid and East Antrim Borough.  Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
Oscar Millar (4) from Carrick, gives the thumbs-up as Julia Pearson (7) also from Carrick, demonstrates how to recycle - rather than 'bin' - food waste in Mid and East Antrim Borough. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

Carrick householders are being warned that they risk having bins left unemptied if they are found to contain food.

Residents are reminded that all food waste must be placed inside brown bins for collection because of changes to legislation.

“It’s the law,” said the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE, “but that’s only part of the story. “It saves money - it costs us twice as much to dispose of food waste in a black bin as it does to recycle food waste from a brown bin.

“It prevents environmental damage – food waste that ends up in landfill is the most polluting type of waste due to the release of harmful gases and of course, it helps the environment.”

Council has stated that once all requests for brown bins and kitchen caddies are delivered in order to comply with the new policy, refuse collectors will be keeping an eye on the black bins they lift.

If they find food waste in a black bin, they will use warning stickers to remind the householder to place food waste in their brown bin until the third occasion when they will flag the bin with a red sticker noting that the bin was not emptied and food waste must be removed before it will be emptied.