Did you know that 8.3 million tonnes of food is thrown away in the UK each year equating to £12 billion wasted. That’s over £500 per household per year. Reducing food waste and the cost to our families is a major issue. Campaigns like the DOE’s Rethink Waste campaign aim to be a source of ‘waste not, want not’ advice for the times we live in. You can log on online at www.lovefoodhatewasteni.org for some top tips on using leftovers, storage and saving time and money in the kitchen.
The type of food waste that can go into the brown bin includes both cooked and uncooked food. Items that can go in are as follows; Food scraps can be wrapped in a sheet of old newspaper. Because the contents of the bins are to be composted, it is important that you do not use plastic bags or bin liners, even if they are biodegradable. Brown bins containing bags will not be emptied.
This scheme is designed to remove any food waste from black bins allowing you to have more room in-between collections. Everyone is encouraged to use all bins correctly and be mindful of the materials deposited in them. Plastic bags, soil and stones must NOT be placed in brown bins and all materials in your blue bin should be dry and clean. It is also important to ensure that bins do not become overloaded – make sure you can close the lid of your bin easily.
If you have any extra material or overly large waste items, you can take them to Cookstown or Moneymore Recycling Centres which operate 6 days per week. For more information please visit the Council’s website www.cookstown.gov.uk or phone 028 8676 2205.
Used clothes and textiles
Used clothes and textiles are accepted for recycling at many locations across the district including our Recycling Centres in Cookstown and Moneymore.
If the clothes are in good condition another option is to donate them to a local Charity Shop where the income generated will benefit people in the immediate area. There are several Charity Shops in the district including:
Marie Curie Cancer Care
29 James Street
37-39 James Street
Save The Children
16 Molesworth Street
35 Loy Street