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Public urged to 'Be Patient Recycling' over holiday period

22 December 2021
Derry City and Strabane District Council are urging the public to exercise patience when accessing recycling services over the Christmas holiday period.
The period between Christmas and New Year is traditionally one of the busiest at Recycling Centres as families carry out the post-Christmas clear out.
All Council's Recycling Centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day while there will be early closing on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Graham Warke, asked the public to 'Be Patient Recycling' and only visit Recycling Centres if absolutely necessary.
"I would like to encourage the public to back our 'Be Patient Recycling' campaign and be conscious about how much waste you are generating over the Christmas period," he said.
"Be sure and squeeze and squash your blue bin material as much as possible to reduce the need to visit our Recycling Centres.
"You can also tear up cardboard and recycle it in your brown wheelie bin to leave room in your blue bin and be more creative with leftover food to reduce your food waste.
"This is the busiest time of year at local Recycling Centres as many households generate more waste than usual from the Christmas celebrations and take advantage of the time off to declutter at home.
"I'd appreciate if you can consider holding off on your trip to Recycling Centres to avoid bottle necks and please be patient with staff who will be dealing with increased levels of traffic.
"Council's bulky waste service is a free service where larger items will be picked up from your home and can be booked online at derrystrabane.com/recycling.
"Please be conscious of social distancing at the centres as well so we can reduce the spread of Covid 19 and keep you and our staff as safe as possible."
There will be no disruption to bin services this year and collections will take place on your normal collection day.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Pennyburn and Strathfoyle will close at 4pm while all other sites close at 2pm.
All sites will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day while on New Year's Eve Pennyburn and Strathfoyle will closen at 4pm and all other sites will close at 2pm.
All sites will also be closed on New Year's Day.
Full details of Council's Recycling Services over the festive period can be accessed at derrystrabane.com/Christmas-recycling where there is also useful advice about household recycling and the disposal of Christmas Trees.
The information is also available on the Derry Strabane Recycling App which you can download to your smartphone.