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Edwin Poots announces £2m waste fund winners

Northern Ireland environment minister Edwin Poots has announced 22 successful applicants of a share of the £2m Rethink Waste Fund.

Councils were able to apply individually or together with other councils or community or private sector companies for a share of the fund, which was designed to provide capital costs for collection vehicles, new bins or site improvements.

The allocation of funding for the 22 local authority projects is the second round of the Rethink Waste Fund, which awarded £240,000 of funds to 16 projects.

Poots said: “Waste is an extremely valuable resource and we can no longer afford to ignore this value. Twenty two applications have been approved through Round 2 of the Rethink Waste Fund because they have identified that their schemes will divert waste from landfill and ultimately save ratepayers money. This is not only good for the economy but has tremendous environmental benefits.”

The successful local authority applicants were: North Down, Armagh, Moyle, Newry & Mourne, Newtownabbey, SWaMP, Omagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Fermanagh, Dungannon & S Tyrone, Cookstown, Larne and Ballymena.

Collectively, the 22 projects are expected to divert 13,500 tonnes of waste a year from landfill.

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