Residents encouraged to take part in European Week for Waste Reduction

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MID and East Antrim Borough Council is again supporting European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) – an initiative aiming to promote the implementation of awareness-raising actions about sustainable resource and waste management during a single week.

It encourages a wide range of audiences (public authorities, private companies, civil society as well as citizens themselves) to get involved.

European Week for Waste Reduction runs from 17th – 25th November 2018, and the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim has encouraged all the borough’s citizens to play their part.

One lucky person taking part in EWWR will win a prize from Council – a free family pass to The Gobbins.

The Mayor said: “Household waste costs over £100 per tonne landfill tax.

“Recycling this was saves over 50% on this cost. Council can redirect this cost saving to finance local civic provide projects across the borough.

“Recycling is good for the environment and will leave our countryside and green spaces in a beautiful and undisturbed state for your children and grandkids as a result of less landfill sites across the country.

“I call on all our citizens to help us continue our success and support European Week for Waste Reduction.”

The actions implemented in the EWWR are addressing the ‘3Rs’: Reduce waste, Reuse products, Recycle material. The ‘3Rs’ represent the options which should be considered first when elaborating a waste management strategy.

Reduce means using fewer resources in the first place and includes strict avoidance as well as reduction at source. The second-best option is to reuse products. This includes also preparation for reuse. Third priority and the last waste management option that is included in the EWWR is materials recycling.

This year’s EWWR is focusing on hazardous waste found in your home.

Items listed below are classified as hazardous and can be brought down to your local Household Recycling Centre for processing:

• Paint

• Batteries

• Light bulbs

• Oil

• Fluorescent tubes

• Electrical equipment

You can enter the Gobbins competition between 17th – 25th November by bringing one of the above items down to your local Household Recycling Centre.

The draw will take place on Monday 26th November and the winner will be informed straight away.

Just last month Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s waste department was crowned Northern Ireland’s Best Local Authority Service Team.

The Awards are co-ordinated by NILGA and the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE), and this year they attracted an unprecedented 78 entries and showcased brilliance in service provision, new initiatives and the personal

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council delivered an innovative communications campaign in 2017 that engaged householders and called them to action to recycle food waste and re-use and recycle materials at council’s household recycling centres.

This resulted in council recording the highest recycling rate among Northern Ireland councils during July to September 2017, at 57.5% – an improvement of 8.4%.

The combination of work resulted in council increasing its household recycling rate by 7.5% over the period April to December 2017, saving £235,000 in disposal costs and demonstrating significant and consistent behavioural change to recycling by householders across the borough.

 

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