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Green bin or stacked ‘wheelie box’ – which recycling option should be introduced across borough?

The public are being asked to choose which they would like to see rolled out next year with a consultation exercise to run until the end of August

Households in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon borough will all have the same recycling bins from next year.

But it has not yet been decided which will be the way forward with two firm options on the table.

A green wheelie bin – already in place in the wider Banbridge and Craigavon area – could be rolled out across the old Armagh Council area if that is the chosen plan.

Or a wheelie box system – three separate stacked boxes for recycling which can be pulled along no wheels for residents’ convenience – could be the way to go.

The 82,000 households in the area are being asked to log on as a consultation survey online goes lives this morning (Friday).

A number of different systems are currently in operation across the borough.

And Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council says it intends to introduce a “fully harmonised service” that will be rolled out to all households from next year.

To assist the council in making its decision, it has launched a public consultation in a bid to identify which of the two options is preferred by householders.

Lord Mayor Kevin Savage is encouraging as many residents as possible to take part in the consultation.

He said: “Your views are vital in helping us introduce a standardised waste management solution that is the preferred option among service users, ensures the highest levels of customer satisfaction, increases household recycling participation rates and leads to greater efficiencies in the long term.

“Irrespective of where you reside in the borough and which system you are currently using, please take this opportunity to provide us with your preference before the consultation period closes at the end of August.”

Householders can opt for a standard 240-litre green bin, which allows for a wide range of dry recyclable materials including glass bottles and jars to be placed in the bin and collected every fortnight. This system is already in use in the wider Banbridge and Craigavon areas.

Alternatively householders can choose a wheelie box which consists of three stacked boxes which each accept different materials and fit into a wheeled stand with a pull handle.

The wheelie box has a recycling capacity of 150 litres and is collected every week. It is described by council as being a much enhanced version of the kerbside box system already in use in the Armagh area.

In contrast to the green bin, the wheelie box allows householders to sort recyclable materials at home.

The same range of recyclable materials can be collected in both receptacles with a minor difference. Small electrical appliances can go in the green bin whereas hand tools and foil can be placed in the wheelie box.

It only takes a few minutes to complete a short questionnaire online at armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/consultations

You must reside in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough in order to take part in the consultation, which ends on Friday, August 28. One response per household only is permitted.

For further information or to request a hard copy of the survey, contact Jason Patterson on 028 3833 9031 or email jason.patterson@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk

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