Enniskillen Household Recycling Centre granted £725,000
A Household Recycling Centre in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland has seen an investment of £725,122 from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs’ (DAERA) Household Waste Recycling Collaborative Change Programme.
The grant was allocated to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council to enable the governing body to modernise Drummee Household Recycling Centre (HRC). This round of funding brings the total invested by DAERA through the programme to approximately £5 million.
With the government backing, Drummee HRC has been able to revitalise its facilities, which DAERA states will allow for an increase in the ‘quantity and quality of material collected for recycling and reuse’. The overhaul has seen the separation of the recycling station from the landfill site, with council vehicles and contractors being removed from public areas through the creation of a separate entrance. This modernisation has also seen the introduction of an increased amount of receptacles in order to maximise both the category and tonnage of the material captured for recycling.
The Council estimates that, due to the restoration of the facilities, an additional 590 tonnes of recyclable material – including 115 tonnes of paper, plastics and glass – will have been diverted from landfill by the end of the first year at full operational capacity. DAERA states that this should result in a predicted 1,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide being saved per year, equating to approximately £93,000 in annual Carbon Savings.
Environment Minister, Edwin Poots MLA, commented: “I am delighted that Fermanagh and Omagh District Council secured this funding to improve the facilities at Drummee Household Recycling Centre. The former Centre was located on an old site with ageing infrastructure in need of redevelopment and equipment in need of upgrading. The changes are impressive and will no doubt assist the public to further increase their recycling in a safe and more pleasant environment”
Poots continued: “Over the past few years we have seen an ever-increasing positive and responsible public attitude towards recycling and it is important that we continue to collaborate with local councils and stakeholders to ensure this trend continues. By improving our recycling facilities we can ensure that the quality of our recycling improves, thereby reducing our landfill. This benefits both our economy and our environment.”