MAGHERAFELT District Council has scooped the Best local Authority Award at this year’s European Week for Waste Reduction Awards for Northern Ireland.
European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) runs in countries across Europe every November and sets out to highlight the importance of waste reduction and reuse by encouraging, individuals, groups, businesses and organisations to undertake real actions to promote waste reduction and reuse.
In recent years Northern Ireland has excelled recording the second highest number actions for any country in Europe this year, with almost 2,500 separate actions during the week.
To mark the effort of all those who participated in the event the Department of the Environment NI and the Waste and WRAP NI present awards to those individuals or groups that have excelled during EWWR.
This year Magherafelt District Council scooped the coveted “Best Local Authority Award” for a series of actions which included; Love Food Hate Waste cookery demos, foraging events and a reuse partnership with the local health and social care trust.
Councillor Catherine Elattar, Chair of Magherafelt District Council was delighted with the award and said: “We are delighted with the award as it highlights this Councils ongoing commitment to waste reduction and reuse and shows once again our commitment to sustainable waste management and building a sustainable future for the area.”
Each year the Council generates about 25,000 tonnes of municipal waste. 21,500 tonnes of this waste is household waste generated from our own homes and gardens while the other 3500 comes from business commercial and construction industries. In the past over 90% of waste would have been consigned to landfill at great expense to the local environment.