SOUTH Antrim MLA Trevor Clarke has congratulated local award winners at this year’s Sustainable Ireland awards.
Fairview Primary School, Ballyclare and McKinstry Skip Hire, who have an operating site at Nutts Corner, both won top awards in the categories which they were nominated for.
The awards recognise the achievements of groups and organisations who strive to excel in the areas of energy, environment and waste management.
Mr Clarke said: “I would personally like to congratulate both Fairview Primary School and Mckinstry Skip Hire in achieving these prestigious and well deserved awards.
“Fairview Primary developed an annual River Study project along with Newtownabbey Borough Council, which was conducted in the Sixmile Water Park.
“Sustainable Ireland Awards judged that Fairview Primary both raised awareness and encouraged sustainability and environmental responsibility among young people in an inspiring way.
“For this foresight and an excellent project, they were awarded the Most Inspiring Environmental Project by a Young Person/Persons.”
Referring to McKinstry Skip Hire Ltd, Mr Clarke said the company had been in business for over 30 years, and in this time they have strived to improve their recycling habits.
“Their efforts have now been deservedly recognised as they won the Recycling Industry Award due to their astonishing commitment to recycling,” Mr Clarke said.
He added: “I am aware that just over a decade ago, Mckinstry Skip Hire were taking 90 per cent of all waste they collected across the Province to landfill sites, however they have reversed this trend with now over 90 per cent of waste collected being recycled and reused.
“This is highly commendable work by the company, and a great example to other companies that reusing and recycling can be integrated into business.
“Both of these award winners are a credit to South Antrim, and have represented Northern Ireland tremendously well at the Sustainable Ireland Awards.”