Sullatober Household Recycling Centre

Local Gov't • Mid and East Antrim

Redeveloping and upgrading a Household Recycling Centre in Carrickfergus.

  • Redevelopment of Sullatober Household Recycling Centre
  • Carrickfergus.
  • DAERA Minister Poots is pictured with Mayor

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council's story

The new Sullatober Household Recycling Centre, when completed, will be more than double the size of the existing facility to cater for some 40,000 residents. The new recycling centre will be located directly opposite the current recycling centre.

As well as increasing the amount of waste segregation by over 20%, the new facility will help Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to divert over 1,000 tonnes of waste from landfill each year. The new site will also result in more efficient waste compaction and haulage, with new material streams for recycling and a reduction in carbon emissions.

Planning approval for the Sullatober Household Recycling Centre development was granted in December 2020, with Council securing £995,000 in funding from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) for the project.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor William McCaughey, welcomed the progress made on the project: "The new Sullatober Household Recycling Centre will provide a much more efficient service for the residents of Carrickfergus, and is a welcome milestone in Council's key strategic aim of creating a sustainable and healthy local environment which is protected for future generations. By increasing segregation of waste and the quality of materials collected, the new Recycling Centre will support local processors and the circular economy of Northern Ireland."

The new site will be much larger and will also be able to cope with up to a further 200 to 300 cars per day throughput. The aim to to increase the waste segregation rate from 64 to 75 per cent thus making it easier to recycle and divert over 1,000 tonnes of waste from landfill.

Useful learnings from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Ensure you own the land and it is registered with Land and Property Services (LPS).

Ensure you secure planning approval (following correct public consultations / engagement etc).

Ensure the whole design / development team are aware of the criteria to achieve proposed project timeframe and budget.

Ensure effective communication across the multi-discipline team, to ensure all areas of work are aligned and do not conflict with one another.

Ensure design is compliant with the most recent legislations.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council's metrics

Tonnage diverted from landfill.
Increased percentage in recycling performance.
Carbon emissions.

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Updated Feb, 2024

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