Sustainable Ireland Award for Tullyvar

Published: 29th September 2015

29 September 2015


Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Wins Sustainable Ireland Award

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has scooped the Biodiversity Project of the Year at the annual Sustainable Ireland Awards.

Presented to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Mid Ulster District Council, the award recognised the success of a wetlands development project initiative at Tullyvar Landfill Site, which is jointly operated by both councils,.

Assisting the facility in the treatment of its leachate, the wetland development encourages reduced air pollution, reduced landfill aftercare costs and leads to increased biodiversity and the improved long-term sustainability of the site.

The landfill, a former disused quarry, was initially purchased and developed in the early 1990s by the former Omagh District Council and Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council, and was one of the first fully engineered landfill sites in Northern Ireland.

The Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, welcomed the recognition of the work of the Council at Tullyvar through this prestigious award and said that, while the Council is committed to developing modern waste management infrastructure and increasing the amount of waste that is recycled or reused, landfill sites remain. “Ensuring that our landfill sites, both those that have been closed and those which are currently operational, are as sustainable as possible is a significant challenge, and this innovative project to manage the leachate at Tullyvar, is an excellent example of how the Council is meeting that challenge.”

Councillor Allan Rainey, MBE, who is a member of the Tullyvar Joint Committee,, added:

“I was delighted and proud to receive the award on behalf of Tullyvar, in recognition of the way in which modern day methods have been deployed to manage leachate. I commend the councils for their visionary approach to waste and environmental management, which has enabled the site to proactively investigate best practice and develop initiatives which provided significant environmental benefits and financial efficiency gains for both Councils”.

Awards were made in a total of 14 categories, celebrating the achievements of individuals and organisations in all sectors of the environment-related industry, including waste and recycling, the environment, renewable energy, biodiversity, and sustainable building.

The Sustainable Ireland Awards were presented at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast on 9th September 2015.


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