Minister gives seal of approval to new waste recycling centre

Alex Attwood cuts the ribbon to officially open the new recycling centre. With him are Paul McAleese of Aecom, Larne Deputy Mayor Michael Lynch, Maurice McNulty from GEDA Conctruction, LBC Chief Executive Geraldine McGahey and LBC Director of Environmental Services Philip Thompson. INLT 37-337-PR

Alex Attwood cuts the ribbon to officially open the new recycling centre. With him are Paul McAleese of Aecom, Larne Deputy Mayor Michael Lynch, Maurice McNulty from GEDA Conctruction, LBC Chief Executive Geraldine McGahey and LBC Director of Environmental Services Philip Thompson. INLT 37-337-PR

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Environment Minister Alex Attwood has officially opened Larne Council’s new household waste recycling centre.

Larne Borough Council received a grant of £252,000 from the Department of the Environment’s Rethink Waste Fund to build the new centre at Island Road Lower, Ballycarry.

Speaking at the opening, Alex Attwood said: “The investment by the Department and Larne Borough Council enables local residents to recycle more conveniently.

“This development will ensure that the residents benefit from a state of the art recycling facility that is quick and easy to use. Centres like this one play an important role in enabling householders to recycle more waste, reduce waste to landfill and in turn enable statutory targets to be met.

“The Department established the Rethink Waste Fund, a resource efficiency fund, in 2010. The fund targets a range of interventions which will promote resource efficiency and generate clear environmental benefits, including interventions to encourage the prevention of waste, the re-use of materials and higher rates of recycling, thereby achieving diversion from landfill.”

During 2010/11, 46 projects received c.£4.2 million in capital funding that is estimated to divert approximately 27,000 tonnes per year from landfill. Further funding of £1.5million capital has been allocated for projects in 2011/12.

Larne Borough Council also received a grant of £165,750 for a glass kerbside collection scheme from the Rethink Waste Fund in 2010/11.