Northern Ireland has allocated £600,000 from the proceeds of the 5p levy on plastic carrier bags to fund green waste programmes.
The Community Waste Fund was announced by environment minister Mark Durkan and will support four existing initiatives:
- Rethink Waste – a communications campaign to encourage NI residents to increase reuse and recycling while reducing waste
- Live Here Love Here campaign from Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful – small grants to volunteer groups with a local environmental or community improvement project
- The Road to Zero waste – a government programme to promote and support ‘green jobs’ and protect the environment and conservation of resources
- Eco-Schools – promoting environmental awareness within schools
Durkan said: “These projects will build on the £14m of Rethink Waste investment already made by the department over the last five years, which is assisting the north of Ireland to move towards a zero waste society.”
“Educating future generations is essential if we are to instil a mindset of sustainable living within society. The fund will continue to provide funding for the hugely successful Eco-Schools programme. The north of Ireland is the first region to have 100% of schools registered.”