who we are

Who is arc21?

arc21 is an umbrella waste management group in Northern Ireland representing 6 councils in the east of the Province.  It was  established in 2003 and formally incorporated in 2004 after a gradual process of closer co-operation between its councils which numbered 11 at that time prior to local government reform in 2015.

arc21 works on behalf of its member councils to guide, support and help them meet their legal requirements and drive forward innovative waste management programmes including the development of infrastructure.

The six constituent councils of arc21 are Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Belfast City Council, Ards and North Down Borough Council, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

arc21's work is governed by a legally binding collaborative agreement between all of its councils.

Joint Committee

Made up of 18 elected members (three from each of its six constituent councils) this is arc21's decision making forum. For a full list of members please click here.


arc21 has a small team of staff. For full details please click here.