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Storytelling by the Fire

Friday 3rd November
Florence Court
Adult £15

Autumn Garden Walk

Saturday 4th November
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

Jo’s Walks — The building of Murlough: Part 1

Saturday 4th November
Murlough NNR, Keel Point, Dundrum entrance
No Charge, Donations Welcome


Changing Landscapes: Protecting the environment in a new Europe

Monday 6th November
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Heritage Angel Awards 2017 – Featuring ‘Heritage in Song’!

Tuesday 7th November
Grand Opera House, Belfast BT12 4GN

ESRC Festival of Social Science – SMEs meeting the climate change challenge

Tuesday 7th November
110 Victoria Street, Belfast BT1 3GN
See website for details


Key issues for energy policy in Northern Ireland: security of supply, the single energy market and the future for renewables

Thursday 9th November
TBC, Belfast
See website for details

The Future of the UK Environment: delivering health and wellbeing over the next 25 years

Thursday 9th November
Aston University, Birmingham
See website for details


BTO NI Conference

Saturday 11th November
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
see above

Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

Sunday 12th November
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve Belfast


How GDPR will impact your organisation

Friday 17th November
Rural Community Network, 38a Oldtown Street, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone BT80 8EF

Innovative Learning using GIS, ICT and Fieldwork

Saturday 18th November
Tollymore Field Studies Centre
£45 including lunch

Have a go: Dry Stone Walling

Saturday 18th November
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Creative Writing Workshop

Saturday 18th November
Mount Stewart

Family Festive Film Fun

Saturday 18th November
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free


UK Farming and the Environment Post–Brexit

Tuesday 21st November
TBC, Central London
See website for details

BRICK Workshop 33, Hillsborough Castle

Tuesday 21st November
Hillsborough Castle
£19, bursaries available


ASCENT Workshop

Thursday 23rd November
Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, 32 Hilltown Road, Bryansford, Newcastle


NIEA Conference on Water Framework Directive – Future Partnerships

Saturday 25th November
College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Road, Antrim BT41 4PS


Saturday 25th November
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Hedge Maintenance

Sunday 26th November
Gilford Castle, Gilford Co Armagh

World Forum on Natural Capital 2017

Monday 27th November
Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh
See website for details

Scrub Clearance & Conserving the Cryptic Wood White Butterfly

Monday 27th November
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre


Action Renewables Energy Association – Hydrogen Economy Seminar

Wednesday 29th November
The Doyen, 829 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7GY
See website for details



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.


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.