Environment Minister visits Biodiversity Project at Tullyvar

Published: 19th October 2015

Minister Visits Award-Winning Biodiversity Project

Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, has visited an award-winning biodiversity project in Aughnacloy.

The Minister toured a wetland development at Tullyvar landfill site, which recently received a Sustainable Ireland award for its treatment of the landfill leachate. This treatment has resulted in reduced air pollution, reduced landfill aftercare costs, increased biodiversity and has improved the long-term sustainability of the

Visiting the award winning project, Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said:

“Sustainability is at the heart of protecting and enriching our environment. I thoroughly commend the collaborative work of Mid Ulster Council and Fermanagh &Omagh Council in achieving the award for Biodiversity Project of the Year at the recent Sustainable Ireland Awards. I would like to congratulate the Elected Members and Officers of both councils on this tremendous achievement and the visionary leadership they have shown in the environmental stewardship of the Tullyvar site.”

Tullyvar landfill site, which is operated jointly by Mid Ulster District Council and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, was formerly a disused quarry, before being developed into one of the first fully engineered landfill sites in Northern Ireland.

Welcoming the Minister to Tullyvar, Councillor Robert Mulligan, Chair of the Tullyvar Joint Committee, said:

“While we prioritise recycling and the re-use of materials to reduce the amount of waste which goes to landfill in the first place, we must also work to ensure that the sites are as sustainable as possible.

“Tullyvar is an example of how innovative thinking and best practice methods can bring environmental benefits, and we’re delighted that the Minister was able to see them for himself”.

Councillor Allan Rainey from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council added that Tullyvar has been a leader in ensuring the sustainability of the landfill site and maintaining high environmental standards for the site.

“This wetlands development initiative is the latest in a range of projects to manage the site. Several years ago we developed a renewable project, harnessing landfill gas to produce electricity. Approximately 5000 tonnes of landfill gas produces enough electricity for the equivalent of 800 homes”, he said.

 

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For further information please contact Elizabeth Harkin, tel: 0300 303 1777 or email: elizbeth.harkin@fermanaghomagh.com

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