One of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s waste recycling centres has been recognised in the 2016 Sustainable Ireland awards, just as Recycle Week gets underway.
The Mayor, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE and staff members from Larne South Household Recycling Centre (HRC), at Island Road Lower, Islandmagee were on hand to receive the prestigious Manvik Plant and Hire Ltd-sponsored trophy.
Cllr Wales said: “In 2015/16 all our recycling centres averaged a combined recycling rate of 73.9% which was the highest recycling rate among all the councils in Northern Ireland – the Northern Ireland average being 61%.
“The Ballycarry HRC at Islandmagee is one of our highest performing recycling centres with a segregation rate of 81.5%, due in no small measure to staff commitment to providing excellent customer service, a dedication to sort as much material for re-use and recycling as much as possible and a keenness to educate customers,” she said.
Over its standard four day-week, Islandmagee HRC receives 20 to 30 tonnes of material on site, from approximately 800 customers.
Thanks to a £252,000 grant in 2010/11 from the (former) Department of Environment’s Rethink Waste Capital Fund, the design of the modern site now allows for materials to be bulked and transported in an efficient way, while providing safe and easy access for customers to deposit their waste.
All 100% of users surveyed by Council found the site easy to navigate. Additionally, the site staff are always ‘polite and helpful’ – as also noted by 100% of survey results.
The Islandmagee HRC is one of the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s smaller sites, so staff can take the time with customers to advise them on the best way to deal with their waste.
“There is more opportunity to get to know ‘regulars’ and build on the process of education which is more difficult in some of the larger sites,” said the Mayor.
“Attendants ensure customers have a pleasant experience on site, including children, who are especially encouraged to recycle and who then want to come back and use the site again,” added Cllr Wales.
The news is of particular significance as Recycle Week 2016, (12 -19 September) is almost underway.
Radio advertisements are scheduled on Q network and U105 to underline this UK-wide initiative locally. The Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Michelle McIlveen is also adding her voice to the campaign and social media will be using a range of posts