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Residents Asked to Keep Recycling and Help Local Charities

Residents Asked to Keep Recycling and Help Local Charities

November 14, 2017

During European Waste Reduction Week (EWWR), 18th - 26th November, the Council would like to ask all residents to maintain their recycling from home and consider a further recycling opportunity by donating suitable items to charity.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council will also being running a number of workshops during EWWR to give its residents hints and tips for upcycling clothes and furniture in partnership with local charity Habitat for Humanity and local craft experts.

Based in Young Street, Lisburn Habitat for Humanity accepts pieces of furniture and DIY items that householders no longer require; and the charity will upcycle and resell these donations.

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Tim Morrow, said: “Habitat for Humanity is one of my chosen Mayoral Charities this year; and I hope during EWWR and throughout the year that residents will provide them with items when they are having a clear out, undertaking a DIY project or a room makeover. If you are thinking about changing your kitchen then contact Habitat for Humanity to avail of its kitchen rescue service, which means they will come and remove your kitchen so there will be no removal or disposal costs for you.

“Staff and volunteers in Habitat for Humanity can transform all reasonable condition donated goods into usable items.  If you are buying your first home or renting a new ‘pad’ then why not visit Habitat for Humanity for affordable furniture.”

The Council’s free workshops are as follows:

 

Textile Repair Clinics

Wednesday 22nd November 4.00pm - 6.00pm in the ISLAND Arts Centre

Saturday 25th November 11.00am - 1.00pm in the ISLAND Arts Centre

 

Textile Upcycling Workshop

Saturday 25th November 2.00pm - 4.00pm

 

Furniture Upcycling Workshop

Wednesday 22nd November 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Saturday 2nd December 10.30am - 12.30pm

 

Alderman Tommy Jeffers, Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, speaking about the campaign said: “Our residents are proactive in both the reuse and recycling of waste.  As a council we support initiatives such as EWWR to remind them of the positive effects of recycling their waste. Their recycling really does make a difference to both local charities and the amount of landfill waste. 

“In the Lisburn Castlereagh area there are a number of different charity shops, which will accept a variety of items from clothes to handbags and books to furniture. If you are having a clear out before Christmas to make room for new items then please consider donating your unwanted items to help raise money to support children, animals, those with cancer or heart conditions.  Your donated items could be just what someone else is looking for!”

After attending one of our upcycling workshops you may be looking for items to upcycle some more clothing or furniture so remember that charity shops can be a treasure chest of items.

Textiles such as unwanted clothes can be easily mended and up-styled.  For more information and handy hints and tips on how to care and repair and up-style your clothes log on to  www.loveyourclothes.org.uk

If you would like to take part in EWWR please make full use of your recycling bins, boxes, bring sites and Household Recycling Centres.  Unwanted clothes and shoes can be placed into textile bring banks across the Council area to be of use to someone else, instead of being wasted in your landfill bin.

Please contact the Council’s Waste Management team on 028 9250 9453 or email recycling@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk for advice or further information on our workshops.

More information on EWWR can be found online at www.ewwr.eu/en