Ulster Unionist MEP, Jim Nicholson, recently visited the Bryson Recycling facility in Mallusk.
Accompanied by Ulster Unionist Party Chair, Lord Empey, and prospective Belfast Council candidate Jeff Dudgeon, the visit included a briefing and tour of the recycling plant.
Bryson Recycling is a social enterprise company owned by the Bryson Charitable Group, Northern Ireland’s leading social enterprise. It currently processes recyclables collected from 60 per cent of homes and provides a kerbside box collection service to 170,000 households across six council areas, including Newtownabbey.
Commenting after the visit, Mr Nicholson said: “It was great to come and see the recycling plant in action and witness the large amount of materials that are recycled on a daily basis by Bryson Recycling.
“The current recycling and composting rate in Northern Ireland is 45.1 per cent. Whilst figures are improving, more could still be done. The European Union has mandated targets to recycle 50 per cent of household and similar waste by 2020 and this means local councils are under increasing pressure to boost recycling rates to meet these targets. However, there is also a focus on high quality recycling emerging from Europe so councils need to ensure that the quality of materials collected is not compromised and that they do not sacrifice quality for quantity.”
During his visit, the MEP heard about Bryson’s innovative new recycling container called the ‘Wheelie Box’, which it hopes will make recycling easier for householders. He was informed that a trial of the new ‘triple stack’ system in Castlereagh and Newtownabbey had proven successful.
Thanking Director Eric Randall and Communications Manager Claire McCallum for showing him around the facility, Mr Nicholson added: “I’m pleased to be able to support a company like Bryson that focuses on recycling materials locally, which is not only better for the environment but also helps to create jobs and contribute to the local economy in Northern Ireland.”