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Community Places Free Planning Advice

Wednesday 2nd May
Community Places, 2 Downshire Place, Belfast BT2 7JQ


Dry Stone Walling

Sunday 6th May
Mourne Mountains


Belfast Roadshow on Sustainable Development Goals

Tuesday 8th May
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, 3 Cromac Quay, Ormeau Gasworks, Belfast BT7 2JD

Sustainable NI Carbon Management Training

Wednesday 9th May
Parliament Buildings, Belfast
See above


An Evening Walk in Spring

Saturday 12th May
Belfast Area

Guided bluebell walk at Prehen Wood

Sunday 13th May
Prehen Wood, Derry~Londonderry


Bluebell Stroll with the Ranger

Saturday 19th May
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Glenoe Geology Walk

Saturday 19th May
Glenoe Waterfall
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh – Historic Garden Restoration

Sunday 20th May
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co–Armagh


Carbon Management Course

Wednesday 23rd May
Inspire Business Park, Newtownards
£225 (No VAT to pay)


Country Fair

Sunday 27th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission Members Free

Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 27th May
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission Members Free

Cruise the Lough

Monday 28th May
Adult £4, Child £2


NI Landfill Target 1yr Early 15 April 2013

Environment Minister Alex Attwood welcomed a 10,000 tonne drop in landfill figures.

These showed that landfilled biodegradable local authority collected (LAC) municipal waste dropped by c 40,000 tonnes to 309,792, some 10,000 tonnes below the Northern Ireland Landfill Allowance Scheme 2012/13 target of 320,000.

The Minister commented: “Meeting this challenging target one year early is a major achievement and I would like to congratulate Councils across Northern Ireland who have contributed to this success. These figures indicate how we can stretch ourselves, how the ambition to be a world leader in carbon reduction is not beyond our ambition.”

This was partly due to a reduction of 35,685 tonnes (3.6%) in the amount of LAC municipal waste collected and an increase of 14,413 tonnes (4.1%) in the amount of LAC municipal waste sent for recycling (including composting) compared to the previous year.

Household waste, which makes up 88% of LAC municipal tonnages, also improved showing a larger decrease of 4.1% in the amount collected but a smaller increase of almost 2% in the amount sent for recycling.

Commenting on the drop Minister Attwood stated: “It is particularly heartening to see household waste reduction leading the way as this is much more effective than anything else we can do. The success of the recent European Week for Waste Reduction, supported by several local councils, has continued to reinforce the idea that prevention is better than cure.”

The Minister added: “Landfilling waste is simply a lost opportunity – we cannot afford to throw away valuable resources. How we tackle these and other issues are raised in the Department’s on–going consultation on the draft revised Waste Management Strategy (Delivering Resource Efficiency). What does this mean? Only 30% of plastics generated in Ireland are recycled and of this, only 30% is recycled in Ireland. We can recycle more plastics and we can do so on this island. This is the green agenda with green jobs.

“This Christmas take time to consider if you have a bigger role to play in our recycling story. We all can do more. We can all stretch ourselves more.”

There were also increases in both the LAC municipal & household recycling (including composting) rates to 38.4% & 39.7% an increase of 2.9 & 2.4 percentage points respectively.

The following link shows a chart of the increase in the household recycling & decrease in the household landfill rates since the Northern Ireland Landfill Allowance Scheme was introduced 7 years ago.