Margaret Taylor from Newry was February’s winner of the Recycler of the Month competition. The competition, which is sponsored

Maragaret Taylor (Winner), Ruth Colgan (NMDC,)David Garey (NMDC) Kevin McElroy (NMDC).
Maragaret Taylor (Winner), Ruth Colgan (NMDC,)David Garey (NMDC) Kevin McElroy (NMDC).

by the Department of the Environment’s Rethink Waste campaign in partnership with Newry and Mourne District Council, awards £50 to householders who use their recycling bins correctly. 

Margaret has both a blue and brown bin and takes great pride in using them both to their full recycling potential. Her blue bin contained all the correct recyclable material including newspapers, cardboard, glass bottles and jars and sweet tins. Margaret also uses the brown bin for all any old flowers and grass cuttings from her garden and any food leftovers. 

Margaret said, ‘I try to recycle as much as possible and if I am ever unsure, I check the Councils website to see what materials I can put into the blue bin. I also take any extra material to the Recycling Centre in Newry when my blue and brown bins are full’.

The Director of Technical Services and leisure, Mr Jim McCorry said, “I would like to congratulate Ms Taylor and her family on their excellent efforts to recycle. They are a great example to the community and are deserving winners of the competition. I encourage all residents to continue in their efforts to recycle more and become the next Recycler of the Month.”

The Recycling Officer checked 20 bins at random in the Shandon park area of Newry and noted that most residents in the area were using their blue bins correctly. However the recycling officer did notice some bins contained plastic wrap, plastic film and plastic bags. Residents are reminded these items cannot be recycled in your blue bin and should be placed into the black bin.

For more information about recycling or the competition, please contact our Recycling Officer on (028) 30313233 or email For information on the Rethink Waste campaign please log on to or sign up to rethinkwasteni on facebook.

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