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Northern Ireland environment minister welcomes reuse initiative

Northern Ireland environment minister Edwin Poots has commended a reuse project which is helping divert household waste from landfill.

The Voluntary Service Lisburn (VSL) group, which helps disabled and elderly members of the Lisburn community, collects and restores unwanted furniture, which is then sold on at the group’s showroom. The project also provides training and employment for the long term unemployed.

According to the Northern Ireland Department for the Environment (DOENI), as much as 30% of household bulky waste collected through council collections and deposited at bring sites could be reused.

Environment minister Edwin Poots said: “VSL is an excellent example of how we need to rethink waste as a valuable resource - not something to be buried in the ground.

“We have increasingly stringent targets to meet in order to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill. Every one of us has a vested interest in this because if we fail to meet these targets we will face heavy fines that will be passed on to the ratepayer.

“Re-use projects like this are directly helping to meet those targets.”

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