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Green Apple Award for SWaMP2008

NI Environment Minister Alex Attwood congratulated the SWaMP2008 team, Jason Patterson, Graham Byrne and Councillor Pearse McAleer on the Waste Discovery Truck which has won a prestigious UK-wide Green Apple Award

NI Environment Minister Alex Attwood congratulated the SWaMP2008 team, Jason Patterson, Graham Byrne and Councillor Pearse McAleer on the Waste Discovery Truck which has won a prestigious UK-wide Green Apple Award

SWaMP2008 has won a prestigious Green Apple Environment Award in a national campaign to find the UK’s greenest companies, councils and communities.        

 SWaMP2008 competed against more than 500 other UK nominations and will be presented with their Green Apple Award at a glittering presentation ceremony in the House of Commons in London on November 14.

SWaMP2008 has won the Green Apple Award for its innovative Waste Education Vehicle, a mobile classroom used to visit schools and community events throughout the south and west of the province.  It is providing vital education and resources to drive recycling awareness throughout the region. 

 Cookstown District Councillor Pearce McAleer, Chair of SWaMP2008, is thrilled with the award.  He said, “This is a real accolade for SWaMP2008.  The Green Apple Award is much sought-after in waste management and environmental circles across the UK.  We are delighted that an initiative like this has been recognised at a national level.

Chief Officer of SWaMP2008, Graham Byrne said, “As a region, SWaMP2008 currently has an average recycling rate of 37%.  By 2020, our target is to reach 50% recycling.  It is vital that the local community, and in particular, the next generation understand all the ways to improve the sustainability of resources by reducing, reusing and recycling their waste.  The new waste education vehicle is already proving to be a very valuable resource for the council recycling officers – it is completely booked up for schools’ visits over the next few months.”

The SWaMP2008 Waste Education Vehicle was funded through the DOE’s Rethink Waste capital funding.  Environment Minister, Alex Attwood congratulated SWaMP2008 on its achievement.  He said, “The Green Apple Award is great recognition for SWaMP2008.  This new mobile classroom, funded by DOE’s Rethink Waste fund, is an excellent tool to support the work being done by the eight local councils to educate the community. From this vehicle, people can learn how waste can be reduced, reused and recycled and how these activities contribute towards creating a more responsible, greener and sustainable future for us all.”

As a result of this success SWaMP2008 has been invited to have its winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their experience

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the UK’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries.

The awards are organised by the Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, not activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising and promoting environmental best practice.

Judges for the Green Apple Awards are drawn from the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies. Ends

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