A SURVEY has revealed that Newtownabbeyhas increased its recycling levels by an impressive 30% thanks to a pioneering approach developed with Bryson Recycling.
The increased figures were announced during ‘Recycling Week’ following a substantial trial of over 4,000 householdsin the Newtownabbey Council area.
Thanks to an innovative approach to kerbside recycling local residents have increased recycling by 30% and there has also beena 16% increase in recycling participation.Bryson Recycling also predict that Northern Ireland has the potential to exceed the EU Recycling targets of 50% by adopting the new ‘Wheelie Box’.
Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan MLA welcomed the positive results from the survey:
“It is encouraging to see a local social enterprise providing the next generation of recycling for homeowners through the innovative design of the Wheelie Box. The results from the pilots of the new system are very positive and the wheelie boxes do seem to produce a high quality of materials that can be recycled locally. This is good for the environment, sustains local jobs and supports our local economy.”
The wheelie box at the centre of the trial, which is the brainchild of Bryson Recycling and manufactured by Straight PLC, is considered to be one of the most significant recycling innovations in recent years and it has set a benchmark for recycling targets across the UK.
Eric Randall, Director of Bryson Recycling said; “We wanted to develop a new approach that improves our service further, making it easier for householders to use whilst improving recycling performance and our survey results support this.
“The introduction of a smaller black bin for residual waste alongside the new Wheelie Boxhas increased recycling levels, is more user friendlyand provides extra room for a range of high quality recyclable goods which can be recycled locally. During the trial 98% of householders indicated that they were satisfied with the new service.
“The success of the new design has led to the Bryson model being used as a reference point for councils in the UK with the Welsh Government adopting the approach in their recycling ‘blue print’. We believe the Wheelie Box has enormous potential to be rolled out across Northern Ireland and the UK, and are delighted to be at the forefront of this exciting innovation.
Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Thomas Hogg added; “The council is delighted that local residents have fully supported the new service in partnership with Bryson Recycling. The positive results speak for themselves and we are confident that the next stage of this service to another 4,000 householders will see recycling rates increase even further.”
Bryson Recycling, which is part of the Bryson Charitable Group has over 20 years of experience in the recycling industry and operates a weekly kerbside collection to over 170,000 households across Northern Ireland.
L to R Gareth Townsley from Bryson Recycling with Oliver Shields, Danielle Shields and Ethan Shields put Bryson Recycling’s new ‘Wheelie Box’ to test. Local Newtownabbey residents have increased recycling by 30% and there has also been a 16% increase in recycling participation. The ‘Wheelie Box’ is considered to be one of the most significant recycling innovations in recent years.
L to R- Ethan Shields (5) and Gareth Townsley from Bryson Recycling demonstrate the benefits of the new ‘Wheelie Box’ which has helped local Newtownabbeyresidents increase recycling levels by 30 %.
L to R Danielle Shields Oliver Shields with Gareth Townsley from Bryson Recycling put the new ‘Wheelie Box’ to test. Local Newtownabbey residents have increased recycling by 30% and there has also been a 16% increase in recycling participation. The ‘Wheelie Box’ is considered to be one of the most significant recycling innovations in recent years.