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Recycling for a good cause - Gildernew

Published: 21 September, 2016

Michelle Gildernew MLA joined Bryson Recycling and local Charity the Children's Heartbeat Trust to encourage homeowners to boost recycling levels and add value to the local economy all in aid of a good cause.

The initiative came during last weeks' recycling week, which is aimed at raising awareness of the importance of recycling and encouraging everyone to think about all those items that often get forgotten about when recycling at home.

A number of local companies have partnered with Bryson Recycling in pledging to donate £1 to Children's Heartbeat Trust for every tonne of paper, glass and plastic collected through Bryson's weekly kerbside recycling service. The money donated will support the Charity to continue to provide practical and emotional support to children who suffer from heart conditions.

Bryson Recycling carries out weekly collection services to more than 170,000 households in the north, across five council areas; Antrim & Newtownabbey, Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon, Belfast, Lisburn and Castlereagh and Mid & East Antrim.

Encouraging households to recycle while supporting a great cause, Ms Gildernew said:

"It was great to meet the team from the children's heartbeat trust and hear first-hand about the great work they are doing for families across the north."

"It was also positive to see local businesses joining forces with Bryson recycling to support this charity, particularly Dungannon based business Cherry Pipes, who provide an invaluable service to the local economy."

Eric Randall, director at Bryson Recycling said

"Recycling Week is the perfect opportunity to do good as well as support the local economy. The materials we send to the campaign partners are reprocessed into quality products that are transported all over the world. All of this sustains employment levels locally and improves economic growth."

Cherry Pipes (Dungannon), Encirc (Fermanagh) and Huhtamaki (Lurgan) all reprocess materials collected from Bryson Recycling and work with household brands such as McDonalds, Bushmills and Baileys to provide quality products worldwide, including pipes, glass bottles and egg packaging.

RECYCLING FACTS

• Every fortnight we throw away enough to fill the Waterfront Hall

• Every tonne of paper recycled saves 17 trees

• It takes seven days for a recycled newspaper to come back as newspaper again. You could be reading your favourite newspaper on recycled paper in no time at all!

• There are over 12,000 tonnes of plastic bottles in the north's rubbish every year - when squashed these would fill nearly 200 Ulsterbuses

• Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60W bulb for up to 6 hours

• The average person in the north uses approximately 140 glass bottles per year

• Glass is 100% recyclable and can be endlessly reprocessed with no loss of quality.

For more information on Bryson Recycling and collections visit www.brysonrecycling.org. ENDS//

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• Recycling Week runs from 12th - 16th September and is aimed at raising awareness of recycling and the benefits it has for the environment and local economy

• The Bryson Charitable Group is the north's leading social enterprise and a leader in the delivery of sustainable responses to existing and emerging social need.

Bryson Charitable Group is comprised of seven individual companies employing over 680 staff with a turnover in the region of £36.9 million per annum: Bryson Recycling, Bryson Care and CareWest Bryson Intercultural, Bryson LaganSports, Bryson Futureskills, and Bryson Energy.

For more information on the Bryson Group please see their web site - www.brysongroup.org

• Children's Heartbeat Trust is a local charity who provide practical and emotional support to children and young people affected by heart disease and their families.

The charity works closely with Clark Clinic in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children helping to fund top medical equipment and initiatives ensuring that children with heart disease in Northern Ireland receive the best care and support possible. Heart disease is the most common birth defect here, with over 200 babies born every year with the disease, many of which will require open heart surgery and support. For more information on the work of Children's Heartbeat Trust please visit www.childrensheartbeattrust.org