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Northern Ireland to benefit from wood recycling plant

Northern Ireland will benefit from a new dedicated wood recycling facility next year thanks to winning a £500,000 grant from the Waste Resources and Action Programme (WRAP), the first grant WRAP has awarded in Northern Ireland.

The plant, due to open in March 2006 in Newry, County Down, will be created by Urban Forest Limited.

Higher value recycled wood products, mainly bedding material such as poultry and cattle bedding, are due to be produced at the facility.

It is estimated to be capable of reprocessing almost 35,000 tonnes of waste wood products that would otherwise go to landfill.

WRAP's material sector manager for wood Tom Fourcade said: "Urban Forest's Newry plant will set a new benchmark for wood recycling in Northern Ireland as it will show how sophisticated reprocessing sites can produce a range of competitive added value products."

Urban Forest Limited's Patrick Durkan said the plant would make a "huge difference" to the area as Ireland lacks reprocessing factories as a whole. According to Mr Durkan a total of £2.9 million is being invested in the brand new plant.

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