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Councillors updated on proposal to streamline waste collection in Mid and East Antrim

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council will keep our citizens fully updated on proposals to roll out a more efficient and environmentally friendly waste collection service, this week’s meeting of full Council heard.

Dependent on approval of a £4.2million funding application to the Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA), the Triple Stack Bins would be introduced in all Council areas, meaning Ballymena and Carrickfergus residents would see their collections changed from the current box system to a wheeled triple stack system.

Larne residents would move from having their blue bin lifted once a fortnight, to the new weekly wheeled triple stack system, which would result in an increase in the recycling capacity of 30% and a higher quality recyclate which can be used by Northern Ireland manufacturing companies.

While black bins would reduce in size, the overall amount of capacity for household waste collected by Council would rise for residents by 30 litres, which is 12%.

Waste collection in Mid and East Antrim costs £9million every year, the highest of Council’s service areas.

The proposed new Triple Stack system, subject to funding, would take around two years to implement across the borough.

Councillor Muriel Burnside, who along with Cllr Ian Friary and Cllr Robin Cherry, represents Council on the Northern Ireland wide Arc21 waste management group, told the meeting she is currently trialling a Triple Stack Bin and considers it to be “fantastic”.

In response to a question from Cllr Andrew Clarke, Council’s Chief Executive assured residents they will be kept fully informed of the proposed changes to the waste collection system.

Mayor, Cllr Peter Johnston, requested that the Chief Executive continue to push forward with the £4.2million funding application, and congratulated Council on their efforts to date.

Council’s website has a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the proposed new waste system, at

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