26/09/2003

Councils given £10m grant to fight waste

NIO Minister, Angela Smith has announced a £10 million grant will be made available to Northern Ireland's District Councils to help combat problem waste.

All 26 Councils in the province will benefit from the DoE grant to assist with the implementation of their Waste Management Plans.

Announcing the grant, the Minister said: “It is vitally important that we continue to make progress towards meeting the recycling targets contained in the Waste Management Strategy.

"We have set challenging targets. The substantially increased level of funding I have announced today will help meet costs of infrastructure to enable us all to meet these targets.

“We are already seeing progress in our fight against waste. But success can only come if there is partnership and commitment from Government, District Councils and the general public. Working together we can all Reduce, Re-use and Recycle.”

Today's figure represents a 260% increase from the amount available last year and which marks a significant increase from the £2.2 million available in 2001/ 02.

This year marks the third year of the Scheme and has proved successful in targeting funds to Councils to meet specific needs in management of their waste.

(MB)

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