Recycling firms in Northern Ireland supported by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) have seen a £5.9m increase in their turnover.
WRAP announced the figures at a meeting of Government representatives and business leaders in Belfast.
It was one of a variety of achievements outlined by the organisation, which is funded for its work in the region by the Northern Ireland Executive.
WRAP has awarded grants worth £425,000 to the regions businesses. This has supported expansion of wood recycling firm, in Newry, County Down and helped a firm in Toomebridge, County Antrim, to manufacture topsoil from quality compost and recovered aggregate. These grants have enabled both businesses to expand into new and more profitable areas.
Local authorities were also given help to improve recycling collections, such as support for Newtownabbey Borough Council and Belfast City Council to carry out food waste trials.
WRAP manager for Northern Ireland Dr Ian Garner said: WRAP is proud to have helped grow the recycling economy in Northern Ireland. We have helped boost the quality and innovation of recycling sector businesses which will continue to be key players in building Northern Irelands resource efficient economy.
Northern Ireland Government was, with WRAPs support, the first in the UK to give its full commitment to sustainable construction. This has created opportunities for business along the whole construction supply chain, leading to efficient use of resources, prevention of waste and improved management of wastes and costs. This improved environmental performance has helped its competitiveness in bidding for contracts throughout the UK and Ireland.
We believe there is potential to achieve even more and for Northern Ireland to make an even greater impact in the UKs recycling and reprocessing sector.
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