Derry City & Strabane - Waste and Recycling




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Blue Bin


Your Recycling Service

Your blue wheelie bin is for recycling material. This helps your Council make savings on disposing of waste which means we can do more for you and your family, as well as helping the environment.See our 2019 Recycling Guide for info and tips.

If you have a large brown wheelie bin with a mixed food and green waste service please refer to the Large Brown Wheelie Bin 2019 Recycling Guide. 

Important Information

  • Check the day your bin will be collected on our Recycling and Waste Calendar
  • On the day of refuse collection you should wheel your bin to the edge of the kerb convenient to where the vehicle usually stops.
  • Please leave the bin with the handles facing the road.
  • This should be done as early as possible on the day of the collection and not later than 7.30 am.
  • The wheeled bin has sufficient capacity and this should mean that there should be no need for additional refuse in black bags to be placed with the bin during weekly collection.
  • Do not deposit such materials as stones, concrete, trees, clays or car engines in the bin ( all of which have been found in wheeled bins recently), as these damage the mechanism of the collection vehicle.
  • If you cannot easily move the bin it is unreasonable to expect the collector to do so.
  • If you experience any difficulty or problem with the service provided, you should contact us  on 028 7137 4107 to register your problem or complaint so that the appropriate action is taken.

Please recycle only the following materials in your blue ‘Co-mingled Recyclables’ bin:

  • Paper: newspaper, magazines, brochures, catalogues, phone books, Christmas cards, greeting cards, envelopes, brown paper, flyers, junk mail, envelopes, hardback and paperback books, office paper, disposable paper plates.
  • Cardboard / Light Card: all cardboard boxes and card packaging including cereal boxes, kitchen / toilet rolls ends, etc.
  • Cans and Tins: food and drinks cans – please wash out.
  • Aerosols: empty hair spray, air fresheners, body sprays etc.
  • Plastic Bottles: plastic milk, juice and soft drink bottles, washing–up liquid bottles, shampoo bottles, medicine bottles, bleach bottles, detergent bottles, household cleaner bottles, ketchup bottles, sauce bottles, bottle tops, plastic jar lids etc.
  • Cartons: drinks cartons, soups, milk – please wash out.
  • Plastic Containers: butter, margarine, yogurt pots, food trays, takeaway containers, disposable cups, plastic egg cartons – please wash out.
  • Small Waste Electrical Items (maximum size – an average household toaster or kettle): electrical tools, irons, toasters, kettles, hair dryers, radios, Christmas tree lights, etc. (Note: No Glass on TVs/microwaves).
  • Textiles: used clothing and shoes – Preference should be given to Charity Shops & Clothing Banks.
  • Mixed Glass: wine, beer, spirit bottles, jam, coffee jars, glass sauce, medicine, perfume,  aftershave bottles. All glass bottles and jars must be empty and rinsed out. Lids can be left on. Broken bottles and jars.
  • Metal -  metal bottle tops and jar lids

Please do not put the following items in your wheelie bin: 

  • Plastic Bags 
  • Tissues and Window from Envelopes 
  • Nappies 
  • Household Batteries: AA, AAA etc...  
  • No Car / auto Batteries etc.
  • Food Waste,
  • Polystyrene,
  • General Rubbish,
  • Duvets and Quilts,
  • TV’s Computer Monitors,
  • Microwaves  

Recycling bins will not be emptied if they contain unacceptable refuse as detailed above. It is the householders responsibility to ensure that bins are compliant.

Hazardous/Special Waste

  • Motor oil
  • Motor vehicle batteries
  • Asbestos material
  • Used paint


  • Building and construction waste
  • Dead Animals
  • Medical/Clinical Waste

What happens to your waste?

  • Blue bin waste is sorted at a materials recovery facility prior to transportation to end the need for further reprocessing.
  • All household waste from your black bin is taken to a licensed disposal site.

General information

'Recycling does more than save natural resources. It also saves energy, helps reduce pollution, and creates jobs.'