Consumer Information Obligations - (i) Packaging Systems

Where can I recycle?


The return, collection and recovery are all provided by Local Authorities 

Householders can leave their recyclable packaging waste at their nearest Recycling Centres or Bring Banks. Some Local Authorities also operate kerbside recycling collections. Recycling services vary across the different borough council administrative areas in the Province. 


Belfast City Council has recently introduced an integrated system of kerbside recycling bins for householders to recycle their paper and card, a brown bin service for garden waste and a planned roll out of a black box for various recyclable materials such as Glass, Plastic bottles, Paper, Cans, Aluminium foil etc. For more information as to what you can put into the various bins, visit Belfast City Council Recycling

Local Councils

Follow the links in this list Borough and City Councils to local council recycling services and facilities in Northern Ireland.

What Can I Recycle?


Types of waste received at Recycling Centres can include;

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Garden Waste
  • Timber
  • Brick Rubble
  • Textiles
  • Engine Oil
  • Batteries
  • Cans
  • Scrap Metal
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Gas Bottles
  • White Goods
  • Glass
  • Mobile Phones
  • Aluminium Foil
  • Books
  • Old Spectacles
  • Old Tools
  • Cooking Oil
  • General Waste

How can I reduce, reuse and recycle my waste?


Helpful hints to reducing your waste at home;

  • Segregate your organic waste from the main waste stream and compost it. Organic waste forms a large portion of household waste and it is easy to deal with at home. You can order compost bins from your local authority.
  • Contact your local authority and see if your area is serviced by a recyclables bin. Belfast City Council have recently rolled out a blue bin service for recyclable paper waste and intend to roll out a brown bin for recyclable organic waste.
  • When shopping, make efforts to purchase products such as fruit and vegetables loose, rather than packaged to reduce the amount of packaging you have to throw out.
  • Avoid purchasing products with excess packaging.
  • Bring long-life shopping bags in order to reduce the amount of packaging you bring home.
  • Buy products that are re-fillable where possible.
  • Make every effort to purchase goods made from recycled materials. This will help create markets for recyclable materials.
  • Squash recyclable and non-recyclable packaging to the smallest volume possible to minimise space taken up.
  • Local purchases rather than organic.
  • Helpful hints to reducing your waste in the office.
  • Where possible, print office reports, memos, internal manuals in double-sided format or on previously used paper.
  • Send e-mail memos to save paper.
  • Reuse envelopes.
  • Where appropriate, undertake as much contact by e-mail as possible rather than by paper letter or memo.
  • Try not to print e-mails unnecessarily.
  • Store data on computer servers or on disc instead of paper files.
  • Order stationary supplies in bulk in order to cut down on packaging.
  • Reuse boxes where possible.
  • Buy recycled products and close the recycling loop.
  • Undertake a waste audit to identify areas where waste can be reduced and possible savings can be made.
  • Consider the use of reusable multi-trip packaging to cut down on the amount of waste produced from your business activity. You could also contact your suppliers to see whether they can deliver goods in reusable packaging.
  • Speak with businesses in close proximity to see if you can set up a recycling station for your collective recyclable wastes. This is an economically viable and efficient way of recycling commercial waste.