EU-PEACE IV funding of close to £300K has been received by Mid Ulster District Council to create new outdoor shared public spaces in four Mid Ulster towns.
The investment will focus on the creation of flexible open spaces which can be enjoyed by visitors, with benches and seating areas, retractable awnings, landscaping and heaters among some of the concepts under consideration for outside The Hill of the O’Neill and Ranfurly House in Dungannon, at The Diamond in Magherafelt, to the side of the Burnavon theatre in Cookstown and at the start of the canal in Coalisland.
The funding has been welcomed by the Chair of the Council, Councillor Paul McLean:
“In the last year we have all come to appreciate the importance of practical, useable outdoor space and we are increasingly seeing new spaces, especially in urban areas, being opened up for people to enjoy, whether to meet a friend, have a coffee or simply watch the world go by.
“They bring a different atmosphere to town centres and give another reason to visit or to stay a while longer.
“With that comes a greater vibrancy and sense of community and that is what these shared spaces aim to contribute to.
“I look forward to seeing the designs developed and the work progress on the ground”.
The PEACE IV Programme is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The project is match-funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland and The Executive Office in Northern Ireland.
Mid Ulster Residents ‘Step It Up’ to Secure Top Recycling Spot
Residents in Mid Ulster have certainly ‘Stepped Up’ their recycling and again secured the top spot on the recycling table for the period January – March 2021.
Official Quarter 4 (January – March 2021) recycling rates just released show that Mid Ulster achieved the highest household recycling rate of all 11 councils here with 54.8%, up 4.2% on the same period last year.
To add to this, the district again had the lowest amount of waste sent to landfill out of all 11 councils at 3.8% for the quarter.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Wesley Brown, applauded these results:
“These results demonstrate yet again the dedication and resilience of our residents, during what has been an extremely difficult time for everyone. Their commitment and enthusiasm to recycling has remained resolute and for that, we are tremendously grateful. I wish to also commend and thank our bin collection and recycling centre staff for the valuable roles they play in helping consistently secure this top position.
“In our new recycling campaign we are asking residents to ‘Step It Up’ and to ‘Recycle Right’. This excellent result again confirms that they are indeed doing just that, and doing it very successfully. However, we cannot get complacent. We can all improve our everyday recycling habits to ensure we maintain this leading position and to help protect the environment.”
Mid Ulster Residents Encouraged To ‘Step It Up’ This Recycle Week
Mid Ulster District Council is encouraging residents to ‘Step Up’ their recycling efforts and ‘Recycle Right’ this Recycle Week, 20 – 26 September.
Mid Ulster consistently holds the spot as the top recycling Council in Northern Ireland but there is still more we can do to step up our recycling and help fight climate change.
Latest research from Recycle Now reveals that 9 out of 10 people now recycle.
However, across Mid Ulster 55% of the contents of household black bins are items that can be recycled in the blue and brown bins; including food waste, glass, paper, card and plastics bottles, pots, tubs and trays as well as bathroom plastics like toiletries (shampoo and conditioner bottles, shower gel bottles) and cleaning and bleach bottles.
This is where we can all ‘Step It Up’ and recycle these items right. By doing so we will also be helping in the fight against climate change. Recycling currently saves 18 million tonnes of CO2 every year, which is the same as taking 12 million cars off the road.
Follow these simple tips to make sure you recycle right in Mid Ulster:
- Recycle more plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays from all around the home as well as metal tins/cans, paper/card and glass bottles and jars. All these items should be recycled in your blue bin and should be clean, dry and loose to ensure maximum recycling can be achieved. Garden and food waste should be recycled in your brown bin and never disposed of in your general waste bin.
- Never dispose of nappies, food waste, containers that still have food residue or bottles that still contain liquids, in the blue bin.
- Your brown bin is for the disposal of garden and food waste as well as cold ashes. It should never be used to dispose of general waste or blue bin items.
- Remember to take larger or more bulky items like electricals, wood and hard plastics to your nearest Recycling Centre.
- Unwanted clothing and footwear can also be taken to one of the recycling Centres or donated to charity.
Chair of the Council, Councillor Paul McLean, is encouraging everyone across the district to ‘Step It Up’ and recycle even more as part of our everyday lives.
“Mid Ulster residents have demonstrated their commitment to recycling time and time again and it is this passion and dedication that has seen Mid Ulster consistently named the top performing council for recycling in all of Northern Ireland. I want to extend a sincere thank you to all residents, schools and businesses in the district for achieving these fantastic results year after year.
“However, I know there is still more we can do. If we all ‘Step It Up’ and ‘Recycle Right’ by recycling more of the right things, more often, we will increase this rate even further and more importantly help tackle climate change.
“Small but powerful everyday actions, such as recycling more, will have a huge impact on the environment and the planet, helping to protect and safeguard it for the generations that will come after us. Let’s all get behind this campaign and ‘Recycle Right’ this week and every week in the future.”