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Household Recycling

Every single item that you recycle or re-use makes a real difference – to our environment, to the costs of waste disposal and to the recycling targets which we have to meet.

The good news is that Mid Ulster has consistently had the highest recycling rate of all the Councils in Northern Ireland, and that’s thanks to the efforts of our residents.

Your blue and brown recycling and black refuse bins are collected fortnightly. Check your bin collection day and remember to put your bin at the kerbside by 7.30am. 

Your bins What your bin is for
Blue Bin

Your blue bin is for recycling.
All the material you place in your blue bin must be clean and dry.
Items should be loose, not in plastic bags

Brown Bin

Your brown bin is for food waste and garden waste

Black Bin

Your black bin is for waste that cannot be recycled

Please note: the Council's policy allows for the collection of one black bin, one brown bin and up to two blue bins per household (each fortnightly collection cycle). 

Other Recycling Schemes and Information

The Council has a number of recycling schemes and initatives.

Paint Reuse Scheme

The Council has joined the Community RePaint network and from Monday 24 July 2023, there will be householder paint drop-off and collection points on-site at our three main Household Waste Recycling Centres, located in Cookstown, Drumcoo and Magherafelt.

School Uniform Reuse Scheme

Mid Ulster District Council has teamed up with three local cancer charities, NI Hospice, Magherafelt; Marie Currie, Cookstown and Cancer Research, Dungannon to set up a school uniform reuse scheme for Mid Ulster.

Reusable Nappy Scheme

Families in Mid Ulster can avail of the Council's Reusable Nappy Scheme. By swapping to reusable nappies, Mid Ulster residents with small children in their household can dramatically reduce the amount of waste in their black bins as well as save money. 

If you would like to know more about recyling in Mid Ulster contact our team at