Published Tuesday, 20 August 2013
A proposal to reduce the size of black bins in the city from 240 litre to 180 litre capacity aims to encourage people to recycle more and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
It currently costs £900 to empty a full bin lorry at landfill.
As it stands Belfast's recycling rate is only 35%, but to meet European targets the city's recycling rate needs to be at least 50% by 2020.
If the council doesn't meet that target, it could face hefty fines which could in turn be passed on to ratepayers.
"There will be a phase approach to it," Sinn Féin councillor Stephen Kerr explained.
"We agree already going out in a massive change in our recycling policy over the next couple of months in anticipation and in advance of smaller bins coming in, people will have extra kerbside collections, they will be increased to weekly.
"It more or less means we want to get more glass and more plastics, more recyclables into the recycling chain."
The new bins will cost £15 where applicable, the same price as the old bins.
The plans will go before a final council meeting next month, and if approved they will come into force in January 2014.
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