Mid Ulster District Council’s Drumcoo Recycling Centre in Dungannon has reopened following £750,000 complete re-development works.
The centre, which received £500,000 investment from Mid Ulster District Council and an additional £250,000 funding from the Rethink Waste Capital Fund to complete the essential works, which included new recycling facilities and a new traffic flow system being created, is located on the Coalisland Road in the town.
As a result of the extensive refurbishment which saw the recycling centre closed since last June, the site is now a modern, two level facility with a new layout, making it easier, quicker and more convenient to use, increasing safety and minimising congestion.
Improvements to the facility also mean that residents are able to recycle a greater range of materials which will increase the diversion of waste from landfill, reduce disposal costs and increase the environmental benefits gained through recycling.
Other benefits include enhanced signage and improved lighting, fencing and security (CCTV), and the split level layout provides easier and safer access to the containers.
The newly refurbished facility now allows for the recycling of the following materials:
Blue bin materials (paper, card, tins and cans, foil trays, aerosols, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, plastic pots tubs and trays), cardboard, timber, hard plastics, scrap metal, rubble, plasterboard, flat glass, books, clothes and shoes, gas cylinders, oil filters, engine oil and cooking oil.
Small quantities of green waste can be deposited in compactors whilst large loads can be accepted in the purpose built green waste bay.
A dedicated storage shed has been built for the acceptance of waste electricals including large and small appliances, TVs and monitors, fridges and freezers, fluorescent tubes and energy efficient light bulbs and household and vehicle batteries.
A reuse area will be introduced where unwanted reusable items of furniture can be donated to charity for refurbishment and resale. Paint can also be donated for other members of the public and charitable organisations to take away for reuse.
Users are requested not to bring waste in wheeled bins to the site. A number of additional waste compactors are now available for the safe and easy disposable of loose and bagged waste.
Commercial waste will be accepted but charges apply to general waste and to certain materials.
Speaking about the reopening of the recycling centre, the Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Trevor Wilson, said: “It’s great to see Drumcoo Recycling Centre open its doors to the public again following year-long improvement works. This is an extremely busy facility and the essential refurbishment work carried out here will make it an even more efficient and innovative one. Residents will benefit from a much safer facility where there is now the ability to recycle a greater range of materials.”
Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Clement Cuthbertson added, “I am delighted the newly refurbished Drumcoo Recycling Centre is open for business again. I would like to thank all residents and businesses in the district, particularly all those in the Dungannon area for their continued patience and understanding over the last year. It has definitely been worth it when you look at the fantastic new facility we now have as a result.
“Mid Ulster District Council is leading the way on recycling figures for all 11 Councils and this facility will help ensure this continues.”
The Drumcoo Recycling Centre is open April to September Monday – Friday from 9am – 8pm and Saturday from 9am -6pm and October to March Monday – Saturday from 9am – 6pm.
For more information visit www.midulstercouncil.org/recycling