Environment Minister visits Gortrush Civic Amenity Site

Published: 1st October 2015

 

The Environment Minister Mark H Durkan visited re-use facilities at Gortrush Civic Amenity Site on Thursday 1st October.

The re-use scheme has been established through funding from the DoENI ‘Rethink Waste’ Capital Fund for Councils as part of the Department’s waste prevention objective of establishing a re-use, refurbishment and repair network across Northern Ireland.

£73,660 of funding was awarded for the purchase of containers, a mini loader, signage, communication material and a box van to transport material from outlying sites.

Residents are encouraged to bring unwanted bulky items including wardrobes, tables and chairs etc. to recycling centres located at Gortrush, Omagh, Fintona or Carrickmore. These items are collected by third sector organisations, refurbished and re-used for social enterprise in the local community.

Residents can also donate unwanted, usable paint that is then made available free of charge to residents and community groups for use in the home and garden, or for community projects.

Commenting on the re-use project, the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O Reilly, expressed the thanks and appreciation of the Council to the Department for the financial support to facilitate the scheme. “

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is committed to reducing the environmental and financial costs associated with sending waste to landfill. The funding we have received has enabled the Council to provide an outlet for residents to bring useful items that they no longer want and make them available to those that do.  We can extend the life span of items through repair or restoration, turning waste into a valuable resource. I thank residents across the district for their ongoing efforts to separate their waste, as well as for recycling and reusing as much as possible”.

Minister Mark H Durkan commented congratulated Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and everyone involved with this project, saying that it is a great example of the community embracing the opportunity to re-use waste.

“I am pleased that over the last year, I have been able to invest over £930 000 in the Fermanagh and Omagh Council area – and that the Council has put this funding to good use in this project, and in five other reuse and recycling projects.

It is important that government continues to provide funding for initiatives to improve the environment and economy even under the current financial pressures. Last year I committed over £4 million to the development of reuse and recycling services for local government and the community and voluntary sector.

This investment makes good economic sense. Reuse, repair, remanufacturing and recycling not only helps the environment by diverting material from landfill, but also helps to unlock millions of pounds worth of value from these materials which can drive economic growth and deliver greater employment opportunities. It is important that we depart from the ‘make, use and dispose’ model which leaves us vulnerable due to dwindling natural resources, and increased price instability and energy costs.”

The scheme, which is currently operating at Gortrush, Omagh Fintona and Carrickmore, will be extended to additional recycling sites across the Fermanagh and Omagh district.

 

ENDS

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

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