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The Environment Reaps the Rewards from Council’s Event Recycling Stations

The Environment Reaps the Rewards from Council’s Event Recycling Stations

Recycling stations introduced by Ards and North Down Borough Council at its events are proving to be a huge success.

Almost 10 tonnes of waste has been collected from several events to date, of which an impressive 98.2% was sent for recycling into new products.

Used for the first time at May Day in Holywood, the recycling stations have since been used at Sea Bangor, Comber Earlies Food Festival, the Pipe Band Championships in Newtownards, as well as the Tide and Turf Festival in Portavogie.

With almost 10 tonnes of waste being sent for recycling, this marks a massive increase in the amount of recyclable waste being diverted from landfill at Council events.

Prior to the new recycling stations being introduced, on-site bins were usually contaminated resulting in most of the waste ending up in landfill.

Ards and North Down Borough Council Mayor, Cllr Jennifer Gilmour, is encouraging everyone to use the recycling stations at events. (Image by Ian Pedlow.)

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Jennifer Gilmour, said: “This new initiative is continuing to be a great success.

“Not only is it benefitting the environment but it is also helping to place Ards and North Down firmly on the map in terms of its sustainable tourism offering.

“It will appeal to people from far and wide, people who are likely to be attracted to our events because of our strident efforts to promote recycling and the wider sustainability agenda.

“This is a great result for our Borough.”

A full breakdown of waste disposed of across the Council’s most recent events is as follows:

  • 3,852kg dry recycling waste
  • 5,472kg organic waste
  • 506kg separated glass
  • 174kg landfill waste

To encourage members of the public to use the recycling stations at events, the Council is discouraging the use of the nearby public bins.

Instead, they are being directed to dispose of their waste at the specific recycling stations where staff are on hand to provide advice on which bins to use.

Recycling stations will be in operation at all future Council-run events.

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