Bring Bank Centres

Update on changes to glass recycling services 

The Council is in the process of implementing measures aimed at providing a more efficient, effective and high-quality package of glass recycling opportunities to all residents in the Borough. 

Background 

Prior to the introduction of the kerbside glass recycling service in June 2017, Ards and North Down had an extensive but ageing network of glass recycling bring banks across the Borough. Since the introduction of the household kerbside collection service, this provision had remained unchanged.  

This network of sites often attracted complaints about illegal dumping and broken glass waste around banks and was also a focus for other antisocial behaviour.  These banks were serviced by third party operators, with the associated collection costs due to increase significantly from March 2021. 

In summer 2020 Council agreed to reduce the number of glass bring banks and for glass collection arrangements within the borough to centre predominantly on the Council’s kerbside collection from households. 

Supporting this, a new, complementary network of larger, more hygienic banks would be located at 17 sites around the Borough.   These sites include all 9 of Council’s Household Recycling Centres plus 8 standalone sites in the following publicly accessible locations:  

  • Anchor Car Park, Springfield Road, Portavogie (Now installed)
  • Bangor Sportsplex  (Now installed)
  • Banks Lane, Ballyholme (Now installed)
  • Bloomfield Shopping Centre  (Now installed)
  • Crawfordsburn Glen, Cootehall Road (Now installed)
  • Groomsport Harbour  (Now installed)
  • Killinchy Community Centre, Beechvale Road (Now installed)
  • Village Hall, Newtownards Road, Greyabbey (Now installed)

The changeover to this new glass recycling model presents a logistical challenge, which requires co-ordination with the outside contractor who serviced the old network of bottle banks in the past and is responsible for removing these containers.   

We wish to thank residents for their patience until the new arrangements are fully in place: this is scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2021.  

Please continue to use the kerbside collection fully.  Collection days for each home and reminders of when to put glass boxes out for collection are available via the free to download Bin-ovation App.  

Removal of Old Banks – as of week commencing 8 March 2021

All glass banks identified for removal have now been sealed up, with closure notices placed in the vicinity and/or on the banks.  Several banks have now been lifted and the removal of the remaining banks is ongoing.   

Please do not attempt to access banks that are closed. Please do not leave glass waste at any of the sites where the banks have been sealed.  

As the banks are removed the areas are being swept and cleaned up.  There has been some dumping at the former sites, but our teams are endeavoring to respond quickly to remove any dumped materials/bottles.   

Please continue to take advantage of your kerbside recycling boxes for any household glass waste.  

If you require a new or an additional box, contact recycling@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk with your full name, address (including postcode) and telephone number. 

 

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
Helen's Bay
  • Fort Road Car Park
Please use household glass box or Balloo 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 

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.