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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Coca–Cola Coast Care Awards, Live Here Love Here are calling for you to nominate your Coastal and Inland Waterway Hero!

Friday 1st September

Castlerock Walk Fest

Saturday 2nd September
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
N/A

Car Bazaar

Saturday 2nd September
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Autumn Book Fair at The Argory

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

Bushcraft for Beginners

Saturday 2nd September
Tollymore Field Studies Centre
£35 including a packed lunch

Rea’s Wood – Removal of Sycamore Trees in Wet–woodland

Sunday 3rd September
Rea’s Wood Antrim
Free

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Ards Beach Cleaning

Saturday 9th September
Strangford Lough meet at Portaferry
No Charge

NI Environment Week – Benburb Castle

Saturday 9th September
Benburb Castle
Free

NI Environment Week – Picnic with nature at Creggan Country Park

Saturday 9th September
Creggan Country Park

NI Environment Week – The Park After Dark – Creggan Country Park

Saturday 9th September
Creggan Country Park

NI Environment Week – Walk on the wild side – Creggan Country Park

Saturday 9th September
Creggan Country Park

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NI Environment Week – Brexit: The Future of the Environment in NI

Monday 11th September
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
Free

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NI Environment Week – Batty about bats!

Wednesday 13th September
Rathfern Community Centre, Knockenagh Avenue, Carnmoney

NI Environment Week – Get your hands dirty!

Thursday 14th September
Various
Free

NI Environment Week – Creggan Heritage Trail for 50+ groups

Thursday 14th September
Creggan Country Park

NI Environment Week – Power from the Planet – Creggan Country Park

Friday 15th September
Creggan Country Park

Hedge Fun

Saturday 16th September
Minnowburn
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Wildlife Tracking

Saturday 16th September
Tollymore Field Studies Centre
£45 including lunch

NI Environment Week – Food from the Hills, Colin Allotments Healthy Living Centre

Saturday 16th September
Colin Allotments Healthy Living Centre
£5 per person (Belfast Hills Friends discounted rate of £3)

MCS Beachwatch

Sunday 17th September
Murlough NNR
No Charge

Foraging for Wild Foods and Medicine

Sunday 17th September
Tollymore Field Studies Centre
£40

Killard Point near Strangford – Beachwatch

Sunday 17th September
Killard Point
Free

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Blue Opportunities: The Marine Economy in the NPA

Thursday 21st September
Marine Institute, Rinville West, Oranmore, Galway
Free

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Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 24th September
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Brexit: Debating the Way Forward for Agriculture and the Environment in Northern Ireland

Friday 29th September
CAFRE, Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Rd, BT41 4PS
Free

Red Squirrel Day

Saturday 30th September
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Tea Blending

Saturday 30th September
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Waste

Reducing the amount of waste produced and obtaining maximum value from waste currently discarded has many benefits. It decreases costs, addresses climate change commitments, improves resource efficiency, improves human health, protects natural habitats and decreases pollution.

Waste

The review of the Northern Ireland Waste Management Strategy (2006–2020) culminated in the publication of a revised NI Waste Management Strategy (2013), entitled, Delivering Resource Efficiency. It incorporates a strategic shift from resource management to resource efficiency. This new approach fits with the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe (European Commission, 2011) which recognises that waste is a resource, encourages a circular economy and aims to reduce residual waste as far as possible. The new strategy indicates a proactive approach to complying with EU requirements and is intended to help Northern Ireland achieve a leading position internationally in the development of a green and low carbon economy. For example, it includes a 50% recycling rate by 2020 in accordance with the revised Waste Framework Directive. Meanwhile, the Minister for Environment has proposed to go beyond these targets by introducing a statutory recycling rate of 60% for all Local Authorities.

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Just over three–quarters (78.6%) of government EPE spend in 2014 was on waste management activities.

In 2012, just over 630,000 tonnes of waste was exported from Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland exports waste to many different countries including; Bangladesh, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, The United States and Vietnam.

Household waste recycling increased from 5% in 1999 to 19% in 2005.

The Landfill Allowance Scheme places a statutory responsibility on district councils to landfill no more than the quantity of biodegradable local authority collected municipal waste for which they have allowances. The allocation for 2012/13 is 320,000 tonnes, which is less than the 2010/11 allocation (465,950 tonnes).

Northern Ireland produces some 1 million tonnes of municipal waste annually and this figure increased by 2.5% between 2003 and 2004. If we continue at that rate, municipal waste arisings will increase by almost 50% by 2020.

There was an estimated 1,289,000 tonnes of C&I (Commercial and Industrial) waste in Northern Ireland in 2009.

The EU Landfill Directive sets statutory targets for reducing the quantities of landfilled biodegradable municipal waste to; 50% of 1995 levels by 2013 & 35% of 1995 levels by 2020.

A current revision of the Northern Ireland Waste Management Strategy has set out new recycling targets: a 50% household recycling rate and a 70% construction and demolition rate by 2020, in accordance with the revised Waste Framework Directive.

330,000 tonnes of municipal waste is now recycled or composted per annum.

The environmental problem considered most important by the largest proportion (39%) of households in 2011/12 is household waste disposal.

There were 949,491 tonnes of municipal waste collected in Northern Ireland in 2011/12, a decrease of just over 3.6% on the amount collected in 2010/11. Household waste accounted for almost 88% of all municipal waste collected in Northern Ireland in 2011/12.

Recycling of waste is becoming much more common in Northern Ireland. In 2011/12, 40% of household waste was sent for recycling (including composting), over double the proportion (19%) sent in 2004/05.

In 2012, just over 630,000 tonnes of waste was exported from Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland exports waste to many different countries, including: America, Bangladesh, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, and Vietnam.