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Mayor gives his backing to Recycling Week

25 September 2018

Householders across Derry and Strabane were reminded this week of the need to ‘Reduce, reuse and recycle’ as Recycling Week got underway.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor John Boyle, gave his backing to the campaign yesterday with the launch of a new furniture restoration course at Council’s New 2 You Re-use facility at Pennyburn Recycling Centre.

Launching the course, the Mayor said it would provide the opportunity for people to find out new ways of reusing old materials.

“I am delighted to be here today to find out more about the services offered at the New 2 You centre,” he declared.

“The skill and creativity of the staff in breathing new life into old and unwanted household items is extremely impressive and a great way of utilising old materials. It really makes you rethink how we treat our rubbish, and consider how it can become something useful with a bit of imagination and effort.

“I would encourage people to come along to the centre and find out more about what we can all do to make small changes that can have a big impact on the environment.”

Recycling Week will run from September 24-30, and this year’s theme ‘Recycling. We do. Because it matters’ is designed to convey simple but important messages about why recycling matters to everyone.

Council’s Waste and Recycling Officer, Julie Hannaway, urged people to take on the challenge of becoming a recycling champion at school or at work.

“Our campaign ‘Recycling. We do. Because it matters’ focuses on the very real impact that every individual can make to our planet by thinking about rubbish. Simple measures like reducing the amount of packaged food you buy, using your food waste bin to recycle waste and recycling items from all around your home, including the bathroom, can make a real difference to our environment while saving your local Council money.

“Being a recycling champion at work or in school by ensuring people have access to recycling bins can also reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and help our environment. Council can provide information on a number of ways people can help adapt their lifestyle to become more environmentally aware.”

People can also do their bit by donating any unwanted furniture or electrical items to the facility where they’ll be given a new lease of life by people training in trade skills.

If you would like to learn a new skill, revamp your home and help the local environment along the way then why not sign up for the furniture restoration course at New 2 You on 02871360453 or email [email protected]