Ms Ann Collins, Newry has won the title of Recycler of the Month for September.

The competition is sponsored by ‘Around a Pound’ in partnership with Newry and Mourne Council to encourage residents to recycle in their blue recycling bin. Ann was awarded £50 voucher for any ‘Around a Pound’ store for her excellent recycling efforts. Her bin was filled with all the correct material which was placed into the bin clean dry and loose. 

Ann has a blue and recently received a new brown bin and takes great pride in using them both to their full recycling potential. Her blue bin was full to the top and contained all the correct recyclable material including glass, newspapers and aerosols. 

Ann said, ‘I try to recycle as much as possible and can now recycle all my food and garden waste in the brown bin which is great. If I am ever unsure of what to put in my bins, I check the Council’s website. I also take any extra material to the Recycling Centre in Newry when my bins are full’.

The Recycling Officer checked 20 bins at random in Newry and found that the about half of the bins contained the correct materials however some residents are still placing incorrect materials in their bin. These materials included tissue, crisp packets, plastic bags, polystyrene food trays and clear plastic wrapping i.e bread bags, wrap for tray bakes and cakes. These items CAN’T be recycled in the blue bin 

The following materials can go into your blue recycling bin:

Paper and cardboard (including newspapers and directories)

Plastic bottles

Plastic packaging (e.g. yogurt pots and margarine tubs)

Glass bottles and jars 


Tins and cans (e.g. drinks cans and sweet/biscuit tins)

Tetra Pak (waxed cartons)

Tin foil (must not contain any food residue) 

For more information about recycling or the competition, please contact our Recycling Officer on (028) 30313233 or email

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