Mid Ulster District Council’s Bin smART recycling campaign has been shortlisted for a prestigious National Recycling Award in the Small Campaign of the Year category.
More than 500 children across the district entered the Bin smART competition, which ran from the end of January to 10 March 2021.
The aim of the competition, which was open to primary-school age children who live, or attend school, in Mid Ulster, was to make children more aware of the items that can be recycled through the blue bin and enhance their understanding of the importance of recycling and re-using our waste.
The competition also gave parents the opportunity to do something more creative with their children during the lockdown and school closures happening at the time.
To enter, children had to create a sculpture out of the everyday recyclable items found in their blue bin with 10 lucky entries winning a brand new tablet.
Entries received included robots, a NASA rocket, a Formula 1 car, replicas of local tourist attractions including Maghera Walled Garden and Beaghmore Stone Circles, animal sculptures, colourful dinosaurs, and many more.
Speaking on the Bin smART campaign being shortlisted for an award, Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Wesley Brown said,
“The phenomenal response to the Bin smART competition surpassed even our expectations so to see it recognised officially with this award nomination is truly amazing and wholly justified! Families in Mid Ulster really got behind the campaign and this showed in the quality and volume of entries received. Children of all ages took part and really got to grips with the recyclable waste in their blue bins to create unique masterpieces. Residents here have certainly shown they are indeed ‘bin smart’ and receiving this prestigious nomination has just validated that further.”
The National Recycling Awards will take place on Wednesday 8 December 2021 at the Hilton Park Lane, London.
Get Crafty this Halloween in Mid Ulster!
There’s plenty to keep children entertained this Halloween in Mid Ulster with a series of spooktacular and fun workshops taking place at a number of Council facilities across the district.
From designing Halloween themed kites and 3D sculpted Halloween heads, to live spooky shows, there’s something to suit all age groups. The workshops will take place at the Council’s arts centres and leisure facilities from Friday 22 – Saturday 30 October.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Paul McLean, is encouraging residents to have a happy and safe Halloween in Mid Ulster.
“This year, for the second Halloween in a row, we yet again find ourselves in a peculiar and exceptional situation due to the impact of COVID-19. The safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff, and preventing the spread of COVID-19, must remain our top priority. For this reason, this year in celebration of Halloween we have organised a number of fun, crafty and creative workshops across the district for children of all ages to participate in.
“We continue to make great progress in our fight against COVID-19 and I have no doubt that if we all carry on playing our part, we will see a return to our usual large scale outdoor events in the near future. This year’s comprehensive programme of workshops has something to suit all ages and interests and will allow children to still experience that special Halloween magic. I wish everyone in Mid Ulster a happy and above all safe Halloween.”
For the list of all Halloween workshops taking place in Mid Ulster, and to book your place, visit: www.midulstercouncil.org/halloween21.
Council Urges Local People To Respond To Cancer Strategy Consultation
Mid Ulster District Council has urged local people to respond to the current public consultation on a new Cancer Strategy For Northern Ireland.
Councillors raised the issue at the Council’s monthly meeting last week (23 September) when the Department of Health’s draft strategy was under consideration.
The strategy is a 10-year plan which sets out more than 60 recommendations to create significant strategic change to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, together with support for people with cancer.
Given that one in two people born since 1960 will have some form of cancer during their lifetime, Chair of the Council, Councillor Paul McLean believes the strategy has a significance for everyone:
“Cancer is a disease which touches us all in some way, individually, as families and as friends, and while huge strides have been made in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of a great number of cancers, there is still a very real need to ensure that our cancer services are designed and delivered more effectively, and, crucially, that they are people-centred.
“For an area like Mid Ulster where we have large rural communities, a history of underinvestment in roads infrastructure and limited public transport, which all impact on our access to health services, it is even more critical that local voices are heard and local views are taken into consideration as this new strategy is agreed”.
The Department of Health is also holding a series of public consultation meetings via Zoom on:
- Tuesday 5 October, 2pm – 2.30pm
- Thursday 7 October, 11am – 12.30pm
- Tuesday 12 October, 7pm – 8.30pm
To view and respond to the consultation visit here.