21/02/2019

NI Council Secures Almost £186K For Household Recycling Centres

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has secured £186,200 funding for household recycling centres in the district.

The investment, funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), will mean an additional 365 tonnes can be recycled each year.

The council applied for money made available for capital works, after a review of Northern Ireland's recycling centres by WRAP NI found that the Waveney Road and Sullatober sites were in need of improvements.

The award will be used to buy equipment including two compactors, four compacting containers, a roll packer, open containers, signage and four bodycams.
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Chair of the council's Operational Committee, Councillor Mark McKinty, said: "Our citizens have to be commended for their incredible recycling efforts and this approval for funding will only add to our already impressive figures. Recycling saves ratepayers' money and also combats environmental damage.

"It costs twice as much to dispose of food waste in a black bin as it does to recycle food waste from a brown bin. Unwanted food that ends up in landfill is the most polluting type of waste due to the release of harmful gases.

"Rather than pollute the environment, that waste is increasingly being put to a great use in Mid and East Antrim."

Following implementation of the new equipment on sites, it is anticipated that the recycling centres' productivity rate will increase by 1.5% in year one.

This equates to an additional 365 tonnes being recycled per year, as well as savings of £15,000 from landfill diversion and £13,000 in fuel.



(JG)

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