Bring Bank Centres

Unwanted glass bottles/jars can currently be recycled through our kerbside collection service, at any of Ards and North Down’s Household Recycling Centres (HRC) and at a number of bottle bank locations across the Borough.   

Please note: over the coming months there will be changes to the bottle bank provision outside of the Household Recycling Centres.   

Many of the bottle banks throughout the Borough are ageing and showing wear and tear.  These banks are serviced by third party operators, rather than the Council, and we are seeing an increase in costs of glass collection using this method.   

As a result, from March 2021, glass collection across the Borough will be centered predominantly on the Council’s kerbside collection from households. 

Between January and March 2021, the majority of bottle banks at non HRC sites across the Borough will be removed.  This will be a phased approach.  A number of damaged banks have already been removed and will not be replaced.  

Signage will be put in place to indicate when a bottle bank site has closed.  Once a site is closed, bottles must not be placed there – this will be treated as fly-tipping.  Please take advantage of your kerbside glass collection service. Collection calendars can be found online at https://www.ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk/resident/bins-and-recycling/bin-collection-dates 

Bottle Banks to be removed

 
Area Location Alternative disposal of glass waste 
Ballygowan
  • The Chestnut Inn
Please use household glass box or Ballygowan HRC
Ballyhalbert
  • Centra Stores, High Street
  • Ballyhalbert Holiday Park
Please use household glass box , Anchor Car Park, Portavogie or Kircubbin HRC 
Ballywalter
  • Harbour Car Park, Main Street
  • Sandycove Holiday Homes
Please use household glass box , Anchor Car Park, Portavogie or Kircubbin / Millisle HRC 
Bangor
  • Alderman George Green Community Centre, Rathgill
  • Bangor Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex
  • Bangor Marina
  • Clandeboye Road Football pitches
  • Queen’s Parade car park
  • Ward Arras car park, Gransha Road
Please use household glass box, Balloo HRC, Bloomfield shopping Centre, Bangor Sportsplex or Banks Lane at Ballyholme. 

Carrowdore

  • Carrowdore Community Centre
Please use household glass box, Millisle HRC or Greyabbey Community Centre. 
Cloughey
  • Main Road Car Park, Cloughey
  • Kirkistown Golf Club
  • Cloughey Holiday Park
Please use household glass box, Anchor car Park, Portavogie or Portaferry HRC 
Comber
  • Comber Leisure Centre, Enler Car Park
  • Poacher's Pocket, Killinchy Road
  • Parkway, Killinchy Street
  • Comber Rifle Club, Railway Street
Please use household glass box, Comber HRC or Killinchy Community Centre (TBC) 
Donaghadee
  • Crommelin Park, Moat Street, Donaghadee
  • Donaghadee Rugby Club, Newtownards Road
Please use household glass box  or Donaghadee HRC
Holywood
  • Hibernia Street
Please use household glass box, or Holywood HRC 
Killinchy
  • Whiterock Picnic Site, Ballydorn Road
Please use household glass box, or Killinchy Community Centre (TBC) 
Kircubbin
  • Kircubbin Community Centre, Boyd Avenue
  • Saltwater Brig Public House
Please use household glass box, or Kircubbin HRC 
Newtownards
  • Cuan Place, Scrabo Estate
  • Old Cross Street Car Park
  • Spar Garage, Donaghadee Road
  • The Pub, Bar and Restaurant
  • Tesco, Castlebawn Development
  • Scrabo Golf Club
  • West Winds Community Centre
Please use household glass box, or Newtownards HRC 
Portaferry
  • Cloughey Road Playing Fields
Please use household glass box, or Portaferry HRC 

In addition to the Household Recycling Centres and household kerbside collections, glass can also be disposed of at the following sites: these sites will be managed by the Council’s Waste Collection Service. 

Area Location Details
Bangor
  • Bangor Sportsplex, Old Belfast Road 
  • Banks Lane Car Park, Groomsport Road 
  • Bloomfield Shopping Centre 
  • Crawfordsburn Glen, Cootehall Road (TBC) 
New bottle banks will be installed at these locations 
Greyabbey
  • Village Hall, Newtownards Road 
A new bottle bank will be installed at this location.   
Groomsport
  • Harbour Road Car Park 
A new bottle bank will be installed at this location 
Helen's Bay 
  • Fort Road Car Park 
A new bottle bank will be installed at this location (TBC) 
Killinchy
  • Killinchy Community Centre, Beechvale Road 
A new bottle bank will be installed at this location (TBC) 
Portavogie
  • Anchor Car Park, Springfield Road 
A new bottle bank will be installed at this location 

If you do not have a glass recycling box for your household, please contact recycling@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk 

Please include your name, address (including postcode) and telephone number so that your request can be processed as quickly as possible. 

Thank you to everyone who recycles their glass waste, and to all our residents who currently use their household glass box to recycle: in 2019/2020 we collected over 2,100 tonnes of glass from your doorsteps! 

Frequently asked questions

Will frequency of kerbside glass collections from households be increased?

On the basis of the percentage of glass in household waste, a box should provide the average household with 4 weeks capacity, however the Council will provide a second box on request to households struggling with capacity.

The Council recognises that on occasions (parties, celebrations, etc.) excess glass may arise and it is for this reason glass banks (with a larger capacity than at present) are being retained in the Household Recycling Centres as well as at a limited number of locations across the Borough.

There are no plans for increased frequency of collection at present but our services are always kept under review.

What do I do if my collection box isn’t big enough for my household glass waste or if it has been lost or damaged?

Householders can request a second box and glass banks are being retained at the HRCs and a number of other locations that were traditionally well used.

If you require a new/additional glass collection box, please contact recycling@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

Please include your name, address (including postcode) and telephone number so that your request can be processed as quickly as possible.

Are there plans to introduce bins for household glass waste?

There are currently no plans to introduce bins for household glass waste.

Bins were considered but as many properties have problems storing 3 bins already - bins remaining on the footpath 24/7 is an issue in some residential areas - it was felt that the box would present less storage problems for households, particularly as it can be stored inside a wheeled bin between collections.

Is the removal of glass banks not simply a service cut for the ratepayer?

With the introduction of the kerbside glass collection service in 2017, the Council has in effect been running parallel services to collect the same material.

The kerbside service is available to ALL households, whereas the Bring Banks only serve those with transport or who live immediately beside them.

Due to the significant increase in servicing costs by the private sector, from March 2021 onwards the Council faced huge increased costs for glass collection from Bring Banks. This was not deemed to be good use of ratepayers’ money.

The removal of the Bring Banks and focus on kerbside collections ensures that the option to recycle glass remains readily available for Borough residents through the kerbside collections or through the remaining Bring Banks.