WRAP Northern Ireland outlines how partnerships are key to a sustainable future

27th November 2014

WRAP Northern Ireland’s Waste Prevention through Partnerships Conference is the centre point of this year’s European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) in Northern Ireland. It will tackle head-on the urgent need for the nation to push harder on waste prevention and recycling ahead of impending EU recycling targets.

The case for greater cross-sector partnerships to improve recycling and sustainability across the board will be championed by the resource efficiency experts at the conference, taking place in Londonderry at the City Hotel Derry (Thursday 27 November). 

Minister for the Environment Mark H Durkan will join Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO of WRAP, to talk with local authorities, businesses, members of the recycling industry, third sector bodies and green groups about the importance of building strong partnerships. The conference will explore how greater collaborations can help strengthen infrastructure; stimulate job creation, and help build a more sustainable domestic green economy for Northern Ireland. 

Ian Garner, Head of WRAP Northern Ireland commented, “The good news is we’re less wasteful in Northern Ireland than ever before.  Recent figures show a drop of almost 2% on waste going to landfill and a rise in recycling and composting.  The Department of the Environment’s waste prevention programme, The Road to Zero Waste, sets out how important preventing waste is in making Northern Ireland more resource efficient.  

“But we still have a lot of work to do to reduce the amount of waste produced every year. Our conference brings together delegates to drive waste prevention in Northern Ireland even farther, and help us become the greener nation we want to be.”

Following speeches from Dr Goodwin and the Minister for the Environment, and a presentation from Clare Campbell of the City Hotel; a signatory to the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement which is helping to reduce waste in Northern Ireland, delegates have an opportunity to discuss waste prevention in Northern Ireland. 

Building on the success of last year’s conference which examined the issue of food waste in Northern Ireland, this year’s conference takes an in-depth look at the growing re-use and repair networks that are becoming significant players in the sustainability movement. ARENA Network, together with speakers from Zero Waste Scotland and WRAP Cymru, will join delegates to discuss approaches to re-use taken in other nations and the evolving re-use landscape in Northern Ireland.

Delegates have the opportunity to end their conference by visiting a re-use workshop and retail outlet at the 4R Resource Centre Project to meet the 4R Team, see re-use workshop demonstrations and visit the retail operation.

Notes to editor 

  • The Waste Prevention through Partnerships Conference is supported by ARENA Network, Business in the Community, the 4R Resource Centre, Derry and WRAP incorporating the WRAP Northern Ireland Annual Meeting. The conference takes place at the City Hotel Derry on Thursday 27 November from 10.15am – 1pm. www.wrapni.org.uk/registration
  • Commentary from the conference will be posted on Twitter from @WRAP_UK using the hashtag #NIPARTNERS and through the official EWWF hashtag #EWWR2014 (EWWR runs from 22 – 30 November 2014)
  • WRAP Northern Ireland is funded by the Northern Ireland Government to deliver the Rethink Waste Programme. WRAP Northern Ireland aims to drive increases in recycling and resource efficiency in Northern Ireland for which it delivers a range of programmes, initiatives and other interventions to help businesses, people and organisations reduce waste and recycle more. www.wrapni.org.uk.
  • For media inquiries please contact Ian Palmer on 01295 819 677 ian.palmer@wrap.org.uk for more information on WRAP Northern Ireland visit www.wrapni.org.uk

Ian Palmer

PR Officer, WRAP
01295 819 677