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Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today unveiled a major boost for waste recycling in the voluntary and community sector.

Friday, 22 August 2014

The Minister launched a £240,000 Rethink Waste Capital Fund. Capital grants will enable the Third Sector to expand their recycling or reuse activities, reducing waste going to landfill. Less waste going to landfill reduces the burden on councils and ratepayers who would otherwise have to meet these significant costs.

The capital grants are in addition to over £220,000 already allocated in 2014/15 from the Rethink Waste Revenue Fund.
Mark H Durkan said: “This is a real boost for the voluntary and community sector, rate payers and the job market. The Third Sector is an important part of society and the social enterprise economy. Over the last decade it has been a leader in promoting a green economy ethos for resource efficiency and sustainability.

“The Third Sector has been particularly proactive in the reuse and recycling of materials otherwise destined for landfill such as furniture, bicycles, paint and electrical appliances. Their projects not only contribute to meeting European targets and improving the environment, but also create local employment, deliver new skills and provide training opportunities. The materials repaired or refurbished also provide quality, affordable goods for everyone, keeping money within the local economy.
“Recent figures show that recycling is on the increase and for the first time less than half of household waste is going to landfill. As a society we must maintain this momentum and continue on a “Road to Zero Waste”; where waste does arise, we must use it as a valuable resource and not dump it in the ground.

“Despite the current uncertain financial climate it is important that government continues to provide funding for initiatives that improve the environment and economy. Through this funding I hope to see the Third Sector reuse and repair network expand further. What I and DOE are about is a better environment and a stronger economy. This will contribute to that.”

Further details on the application process, including the assessment criteria, application form and guidance notes are available on the Rethink Waste website.