The six Belfast areas where parking issues are leading to frequently missed bin collections

A council bin lorry struggling to get past a PSNI car in a residential street
A council bin lorry struggling to get past a PSNI car in a residential street -Credit:Belfast City Council

Belfast City Council have highlighted six areas in the city where parking issues are leading to frequently missed bin collections.

The Council is teaming up with the PSNI and the Department for Infrastructure on the 'Park with us in mind' initiative, to target hotspots where council waste collection vehicles are often unable to gain access to help residents dispose of their waste and recycling.

This can be due to poor, inconsiderate or illegal parking, including parking at street corners, parking on double yellow lines or parking on both sides of the pavement, making it hard or impossible for collection vehicles to pass through.

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During the pilot scheme, which will run for 18 months initially, streets will undergo a phased approach to tackle problem parking issues. Cars causing an obstruction or parked illegally will initially receive an advisement notice on their windshield, outlining the importance of proper parking to ensure bins can be collected on time and other essential service vehicles, including ambulances and fire engines, can pass by in an emergency.

Six areas have been identified for the pilot, based on data collected by the council regarding frequent missed collections. They are:

  • Stranmillis Road area

  • Donegall Road / Village area

  • Cregagh Road / Loopland area

  • Lower Ormeau Area / Park Road area

  • Iveagh area (Broadway)

  • Springfield Road area

Patrols will be carried out by PSNI and DFI officers, who are responsible for parking enforcement in the city, and there will also be educational outreach activities, undertaken by the three agencies, in the areas involved. Potential enforcement action by PSNI and DFI could then follow in streets where problems continue to persist.

Councillor Micky Murray, Chair of the council’s People and Communities Committee, said: "We understand the frustration caused by obstructed bin collection services due to parking issues.

"Through this collaborative effort with PSNI and DFI, we aim to not only address immediate concerns but also foster a culture of responsible parking habits to ensure smoother operations for waste collection across the city."

The council is encouraging both residents and commuters to think before they park and to comply with parking regulations as part of the pilot scheme, with further information available on the council’s website at

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