Competitions and waste reduction initiatives

– Eco Artist Competition
– Cash for clobber
– Free compost initiative
– Grants
– Environmental Youth Speak competition

Eco Artist Competition 2021

Congratulations to all who took part in our First Eco Art competition. You can view the winners here.

Cash for clobber

The council supports the ‘Cash for Clobber’ initiative that is run in partnership between Cookstown Textile Recyclers and Eco-Schools NI.

Free compost initiative

The council is pleased to bring you an opportunity to benefit from our organic food & garden waste brown bin recycling service, by offering community groups & schools free compost for use on a non-profit project within the Council area.

Organic food and garden waste recycled through the brown bin service is taken to a local recycling facility where it is shredded, and left to compost for approximately 8 weeks. The final product is a high quality compost.

As supplies of compost are limited, compost will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis on request from groups based within the council area. Applicants must be prepared to assist the council in promoting their project to the wider community with the aim of highlighting the benefits of composting food and garden waste.

To apply for this scheme please send your school or community group name, address and contact details to

Successful applicants must comply with the eligibility criteria:

  • This offer only applies to schools and community groups
  • Projects must be non-profit
  • Compost is allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis
  • All participants must agree to their scheme being promoted by the council
  • An application form must be completed and returned to the Council
  • The council can arrange for the delivery of the compost, however each group must ensure suitable access to the delivery point


Whitemountain Programme

Since its beginnings in 2007, the Whitemountain (formerly Alpha) Programme has distributed over £7 million of funding to 220 fantastic community and biodiversity projects through the Landfill Communities Fund. This funding helps groups to achieve their plans for positive change in their community.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects making a positive impact at ground level, either developing facilities for community use or encouraging biodiversity and environmental improvements.

Environmental Youth Speak competition

Details on the next competition will be announced soon...

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