Alliance Sustainability Spokesperson Cllr Alan Lawther has said that extra awareness raising measures are important to help ensure recycling rates grow. He said that promoting recycling is important to help prevent Northern Ireland facing fines from the EU if the region fails to meet targets.
Cllr Alan Lawther said: “Further awareness-raising measures are extremely important to help encourage increased recycling.
“Recycling is not just good for the environment but also positive in terms of ensuring Northern Ireland avoids fines which could be incurred if the region fails to meet targets. Recycling helps the public purse by ensuring we meet targets and it is very important that there is clear communication of all the benefits of doing so. We need to also ensure progress on the residual waste treatment project to help us continue to meet targets.
“There is much potential for Northern Ireland to send out a positive message to the world on the steps we are taking on environmental issues. Recycling, a Green New Deal and the creation of an independent Environmental Protection Agency are all areas where strong progress could help build on our environmental credentials.”