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.”
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.