East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, recently joined Bryson Recycling and local Charity the Children’s Heartbeat Trust to encourage homeowners to boost recycling levels and add value to the local economy all in aid of a good cause. The initiative came during recycling week, which is aimed at raising awareness of the importance of recycling and encouraging everyone to think about all those items that often get forgotten about when recycling at home.
A number of local companies have partnered with Bryson Recycling in pledging to donate £1 to Children’s Heartbeat Trust for every tonne of paper, glass and plastic collected through Bryson’s weekly kerbside recycling service. The money donated will support the Charity to continue to provide practical and emotional support to children who suffer from heart conditions.
Bryson Recycling carries out weekly collection services to more than 170,000 households in Northern Ireland across five council areas; Antrim & Newtownabbey, Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon, Belfast, Lisburn and Castlereagh and Mid & East Antrim.
Encouraging households to recycle while supporting a great cause, Mr Dickson said:
“I would encourage everyone to think a little more about their recycling and how they approach disposing of their household waste. Recycling makes a real difference to our environment and economy”.
Eric Randall, director at Bryson Recycling said “Recycling Week is the perfect opportunity to do good as well as support the local economy. The materials we send to the campaign partners are reprocessed into quality products that are transported all over the world. All of this sustains employment levels locally and improves economic growth.”
Cherry Pipes (Dungannon), Encirc (Fermanagh) and Huhtamaki (Lurgan) all reprocess materials collected from Bryson Recycling and work with household brands such as McDonalds, Bushmills and Baileys to provide quality products worldwide, including pipes, glass bottles and egg packaging.
• Every fortnight we throw away enough to fill the Waterfront Hall
• Every tonne of paper recycled saves 17 trees
• It takes seven days for a recycled newspaper to come back as newspaper again. You could be reading your favourite newspaper on recycled paper in no time at all!
• There are over 12,000 tonnes of plastic bottles in Northern Ireland’s rubbish every year – when squashed these would fill nearly 200 Ulsterbuses
• Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60W bulb for up to 6 hours
• The average person in Northern Ireland uses approximately 140 glass bottles per year
• Glass is 100% recyclable and can be endlessly reprocessed with no loss of quality
Pictured are: Fiona McGilligan and John McMullan, Bryson Charitable Trust; Stewart Dickson MLA and Lynn Cowan, Children’s Heartbeat Trust