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Charity organisation wins record Northern Ireland recycling contract

Charity organisation Bryson House has won a £5 million recycling contract, the largest ever awarded in Northern Ireland.

The deal with Arc21, a group of 11 local councils was announced at the opening of a new £1 million state of the art recycling facility in Mallusk.

Bryson House Recycling chair Nick McCafferty said: “This is an important day for us and marks the next step in the evolution of our recycling services. The new facility will allow us to process 45,000 tonnes of recyclables annually, which will significantly reduce the amount being land-filled in Northern Ireland.”

The newly awarded contract will see the organisation handle 60% of all household recyclables collected at the kerbside in Northern Ireland. These will include paper, cards, cans and plastic bottles.

Northern Ireland enterprise minister Angela Smith said: “Social economy businesses are making a significant contribution to the local economy and the Government is committed to developing the business strengths of this sector and providing it with a supportive environment in which it can prosper.”

The deal will create 22 new jobs, while Invest Northern Ireland, a long-term supporter of the company will give over £100,000 in financial assistance towards training and development costs.

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