Operational Instructions

  • All bins/recycling containers to be presented by 6.00am for collection.
  • All bins are to have closed lids and no additional side waste will be collected except in exceptional circumstances (adverse weather, vehicle breakdown, road closures).

The brown bin is for food and garden waste.  This service is on a fortnightly collection scheme, items which can go into your brown bin are as follows;

Food Waste
Meat and Fish - raw, cooked including bones
Fruit and vegetables - raw and cooked
Fruit and vegetable peelings and skins
All dairy products, including cheese and yoghurt
Bread, cakes and pastries
Rice, pasta and beans
Uneaten food from your plates
Tea bags and coffee grounds
Mouldy food
Egg Shells

Garden Waste
Lawn cuttings
Tree and hedge prunings
Plants, flowers and weeds
Leaves, twigs and bark
Sawdust and woodchips

Other Items (small amounts of)
Take away pizza boxes (torn up)
Cold ashes
Shredded paper

Items which cannot go into your brown bin include
Packaging of any sort
Plant pots
Plastic bags
Any material which is not green waste or food waste

Food Waste Restriction from Landfill 

From the 1st April 2017, Lisburn & Castlereagh City householders must use their brown bin for food waste. Landfill bins found to contain food waste from 1st May 2017 will have a notice applied to their bin informing them that it should go in the brown bin.


Food Waste Kitchen Caddy

The Council provides a free food waste caddy and liners for convenient recycling of food waste in the household. Once the caddy is 3/4 full, tie the liner, remove from caddy and place in your brown bin. Additional caddy liners can be requested by attaching the red tag to the handle of your brown bin on the designated collection day. Council staff will then supply a replacement roll of liners as required.

If you don’t have a Kitchen caddy or need more liners or red tags, they are available to collect from:

  • Civic Headquarters, Lisburn, BT27 4RL
  • The Cutts Recycling Centre, Derriaghy BT17 9HN
  • Central Services Depot, Altona Road, Lisburn BT27 5QB
  • Drumlough Recycling Centre, Hillsborough, BT26 6QA
  • Carryduff Household Recycling Centre, Comber Road, BT8 8AN
  • Bradford Court, Upper Galwally, BT8 6RB


For further information on food waste recycling, click here. If you don’t have a brown bin, please email recycling@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or call 028 9267 3417.

For more information on food waste you can also visit the NI Direct website.