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Proposed Changes to Household Waste Recycling Centres

Last year as part of the rates setting process the Council considered the closure of a number of Recycling Centres in the district as a potential budgetary saving measure. A Working Group of Council members was subsequently established to further consider the various options for the future operation of the Recycling Centres.

Following extensive discussion by the Working Group it is now proposed that, rather than closing any sites, the days/evenings of operation for all Recycling Centres would be changed.

Proposals for a reduction in opening hours across the eleven Recycling Centres operated by the Council are as follows:

  • Cookstown, Drumcoo, and Magherafelt HWRCs would open two evenings in the summer instead of three evenings.

  • Coalisland and Moneymore HWRCs would open one evening in the summer instead of two evenings.

  • Maghera HWRC would open four weekdays as well as a half day on a Saturday.

  • Castledawson, Draperstown, Fivemiletown, Tullyvar, and Ballymacombs HWRCs would open three weekdays as well as half day Saturday.

While the above proposal represents an overall reduction in site opening hours, a balanced approach has been taken to ensure that provision is available on every weekday across particular areas as far as possible.

For example, in the Clogher Valley area, it is proposed that when the site at Fivemiletown is closed on Tuesday and Thursday, the nearest site at Tullyvar will be open, and vice versa on Monday and Wednesday.

Responding to the consultation

If you would like to respond to the consultation, you can complete a short form online, or print a copy from the same location, fill in and return to a local Council office or by post to: 

Environmental Services
Council Depot
Oaks Road
BT71 4BA

Hard copies will also be available at each of the Recycling Centres and completed forms can be left at the sites for collection.

You can also request alternative formats or email your feedback directly to using the subject heading: ‘Response to Council Recycling Centre Opening Hours Consultation’.

All responses must be received by 12 noon on Friday 5 July 2024.

What happens next?

When the consultation closes on 5 July, we will review the feedback received and consider any amendments to the proposals.

The consultation findings will then be presented to the Council, where a decision will be made on how to proceed.

In the future, you will be able to see a summary of the consultation results on our website.