All households in the Borough have two bins – a blue bin and a green bin. Some households however also have a brown bin.
Blue bins are used for collecting household waste that cannot be recycled or composted.
Green bins are used for dry recyclables – that is paper, cardboard, food and drinks cans and plastic bottles.
Brown bins are used for plate scrapings, including meat and bones, fruit and vegetable peelings, garden waste, bread, teabags, cold ashes and egg shells.
Other items which are recyclable, but cannot be placed in your green or brown bin, may be taken to our household recycling centres for disposal, e.g. glass bottles, wood.
For more information please click the links below
Brown Bin Information
Green Bin Information
Craigavon Borough Council, supported by the Department of the Environment’s Rethink Waste campaign, is launching a ‘Recycler of the Month’ competition with £50 up for grabs every month for the Borough’s best ‘recycling’ resident!
Every month until March 2014 you could win £50 cash by recycling the correct material in your green bin. Council is encouraging every household to take part and would like to stress that the only things that should be put into the green bin are paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and food and drinks cans which should be rinsed.
The Council’s Recycling Inspectors will be out and about reviewing the green bins on a different bin route each month and those residents with ‘perfect bins’ with only recyclable material included will be entered into the competition. The recycler of the month will be randomly selected at the end of each month and issued the prize - a great bonus before Christmas or to kick off the New Year!
CRAIGAVON BOROUGH COUNCIL NEW SCHEME
A new scheme has been introduced by Craigavon Borough Council in order to collect food waste within both the existing Brown Bin collections and from our new Food Caddy Collection vehicle. We want to extract as much food waste as possible out of the general blue bin and into a collection stream that will allow us to be able to send this for composting.
In many cases we will provide all householders, who currently have a brown bin at their premises, with a new 7 litre kitchen caddy and roll of compostable bags to line the inside of your caddy with. Simply put all your peelings, scrapings and left over food waste into the bag and when its full, place your bag into the brown bin. Your brown bin will be collected as normal throughout the year on a fortnightly basis.
Other areas have received a larger 25 litre caddy and a 7 litre caddy at their premises. These areas have been ear-marked for a pilot scheme utilising the new food caddy vehicle for its collection. Similar to the disposal method of the 7 litre caddy and roll of bags, the larger 25 litre caddy is left at its designated collection point and emptied on a weekly basis.
Already the 25 litre caddy scheme has removed over 12 tonnes of food waste to date from the residual waste stream which is a major cost saving to both the Council and to the ratepayers themselves.
Free compostable bags are available from Carn Depot, Civic Centre and the two amenity sites at Fairgreen (Portadown) and Newline (Lurgan). Some of the larger supermarkets will sell these rolls of bags, but make sure that they are labelled COMPOSTABLE and not BIO-DEGRADABLE
Please click on links below for more information
Introducing your new Kitchen Caddy (1)
Introducing your new Kitchen Caddy (2)
How to use your new Kitchen Caddy
ALTERNATE WEEKLY COLLECTIONS
Your blue bin is collected one week and your green bin the next.
Those households with a brown bin will also have this bin collected once a fortnight. In some areas brown bins are collected the same week as the blue bins and in other areas the same week as the green bins - however not necessarily on the same day. Please call us on 028 3833 9031 or on the freephone helpline on 0800 3898203 if you need advice on when to put out your bins. Bins should be put out for collection by 8am.
Please watch local press for details of collections during public holidays.
You can buy bins from the Council, for prices - click here
Refuse bins can be collected from our Depot in the Carn Industrial Estate in Portadown - Monday to Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2.00pm to 4.30pm.
If you have just moved into the area you will need both a green and blue 240L bin. These can be purchased from the Council as outlined in the link above. If you are moving into a new build property, the green bin will be provided free if you can collect it from our Depot. If you need us to deliver it to your home you will be charged a delivery fee.
The blue and green bins are yours, not the property of the house and therefore you may take these with you when you move. The brown bin however is allocated to the property and must stay at the house.
NEED HELP WITH YOUR BINS?
Craigavon Borough Council understands that residents may have problems with their bins due to medical problems or large families.
Therefore we can provide help by offering the following services:
1. Assisted bin collections
These are available to residents who due to a disability / medical condition are unable to pull their bins to the kerbside for collection and have no other able-bodied persons living at that address. Please download the form and ask your doctor to complete. Send your completed form to:
Application form for Assisted Lift
Assisted Refuse Collection
Craigavon Borough Council
Central Services Depot
2. Additional bins for medical waste or large families
Craigavon Borough Council will lift only one bin per collection i.e. 1 Blue, 1 Green or 1 Brown bin per household. This is necessary because Councils are obliged to reduce waste and by doing so, we can substantially decrease the cost of waste disposal which will save you as the Ratepayer.
Residents may however apply for an exemption
if there are 7 or more people living in your house. Please provide evidence in the form of medial cards, drivers licences,benefits letters etc with your application. We WILL NOT process applications without this information
or where residents have a medical condition which causes the generation of high volumes of medical waste. Your doctor should complete the declaration on the application.
The cost of the additional bins will be the responsibility of the householder.
Please download the appropriate form and complete.
Application form for second Bin – Large Family
Application form for second Bin - Medical
Send your completed form to:
Second Bin Applications
Craigavon Borough Council
Central Services Depot
Please also remember:
Bins must be presented at the kerbside by 7.30am on your collection day
Mark your bin CLEARLY with your house number
Damaged bins will not be collected e.g. missing lids, damaged or seized wheels
Do Not Overload the bin. Overloaded bins will not be emptied. It will be the householder’s responsibility to lighten the bin for the next scheduled collection
The bin lid should be closed. This is for Health & Safety reasons and to ensure that the contents of the bin do not pollute the area.
Brown bins may be issued to those households who do not have one if funding becomes available
If you would like to speak to a member of staff, please contact the Waste Management team on 028 3833 9031.