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Christmas Fair at The Argory

Saturday 2nd December
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Air Pollution in the UK Post–Brexit – Tackling air pollution and delivering a cleaner, greener and healthier future for the UK

Tuesday 5th December
TBC, Central London
See website for details

NIEL AGM 2017 & GDPR Information Session

Wednesday 6th December
Window on Wildlife (WOW), Belfast
Free

Santa’s Magical Kingdom at The Argory

Thursday 7th December
The Argory, Moy
Adult £7 Child £15

Navigating the Future – Inland Waterways Development

Thursday 7th December
Waterfront Hall, Belfast
See flyer for details

Fermanagh Choral Society Christmas Concerts

Friday 8th December
Castle Coole
Adult £15

Yuletide Market at Rowallane

Saturday 9th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Have a go: Coppicing

Saturday 9th December
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Magical Christmas

Saturday 9th December
Castle Coole
Adult £5, Child £15

Belfast’s First Repair Café

Saturday 9th December
Farset Labs, Belfast
Free

Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

Sunday 10th December
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor
Free

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Dec out your Gingerbread Man

Saturday 16th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free, Donations Welcome

Christmas Social Event

Sunday 17th December
Members House
N/K

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Waste criminality “widespread” 19 December 2013

NI waste industry: Criminality is widespread says report


Criminality is widespread in the waste industry in Northern Ireland with at least some involvement by organised crime, a report has found.

Vast profits can be made by the criminals with very little deterrent, according to the independent report for the Department of Environment.

It was commissioned after a huge illegal dump was found near Londonderry in June.

It also discovered that 20 other sites have been investigated.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said there would be fundamental change in how waste is managed in Northern Ireland.

The report recommends that the entire waste system must be looked at to see how criminals can exploit it, and regulation should be more rigorous and robust.

The review was commissioned in June by Mr Durkan’s predecessor Alex Attwood, after the Northern Ireland Environment Agency discovered 516,000 tonnes of waste near the River Faughan in Mobuoy, near Derry.

The waste was deposited in and around a licensed recycling facility owned and run by City & Industrial Waste Ltd, with the majority of the waste being buried in sand and gravel pits.

The licence of City and Industrial Waste Ltd was revoked and at the time denied any wrongdoing.

The report, by former Welsh Environment Agency director Chris Mills , said it is not known who deposited this waste; however, this was a sophisticated operation which had been carried out over a number of years.

The report also found the scale of the dumping at the Mobuoy site was “on a scale not previously encountered”.

The report can be accessed here.

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