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Winners Margaret and John Campbell withPaul Grant, Newry and Mourne District Council.

Newry resident Margaret Campbell has won the title of Novembers Recycler of the Month! The competition, sponsored by the Department of the Environment’s (DOE’s) Rethink Waste campaign in partnership with Newry and Mourne District Council, awards £50 to householders who use their recycling bins correctly. 

Margaret, a retired teacher, is very environmentally conscious and has recycled long before the introduction of the blue bin. Margaret has both a blue and brown bin and is using both to their full recycling potential. Her blue bin was filled with the correct recyclable material including glass, cans and cardboard all placed in the bin clean, dry and loose. Margaret and her husband John recently installed solar panels and they are very keen on reducing the amount of waste they send to landfill. She knows that a great way to reduce food waste is to plan her meals and buy only what she needs.

This month officers are pleased to report that most residents were using their blue bin correctly with very little contamination present. Householders are reminded that clean glass and cartons can now be recycled in the blue bin. However plastic bags/film including crisp packets and sweet wrapping can cause huge processing problems, cannot be recycled and should be placed into the black bin. Householders from outside the Newry and Mourne District are asked to check with their Council before putting glass into the blue bin as not all Council areas can accept it. 

For more information about recycling please contact Tara Cunningham on (028) 30313233 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For information on the Rethink Waste campaign please log on to www.rethinkwasteni.org

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