Mid Ulster has scooped the Biodiversity Project of the Year at the annual Sustainable Ireland awards.
Presented to Mid Ulster District Council and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, the award recognised the success of an initiative at Tullyvar Landfill Site which is jointly operated by both councils for a wetlands development project.
Assisting the facility in the treatment of its leachate, the wetland development encourages reduced air pollution, reduced landfill aftercare costs and leads to increased biodiversity and the improved long-term sustainability of the site.
The landfill, a former disused quarry, was initially purchased and developed in the early 1990s by the former Omagh and Dungannon Councils and was one of the first fully engineered landfill sites in Northern Ireland.
Chair of the Tullyvar Joint Committee, Councillor Robert Mulligan, said:
“This is well-deserved recognition for the work at Tullyvar which has seen increasingly modern technology applied to the management of waste and environmental issues. The project has brought not only environmental, but financial benefits to both council areas and I look forward to seeing the continued exploration and application of best practice methods at the site”.
Chair of Mid Ulster’s Environment Committee, Councillor Christine McFlynn, said:
“While we strive to increase the amount of our waste which can be recycled or re-used, landfill sites remain and ensuring that they are as sustainable as possible is a challenge, but one which has been met in an innovative way at Tullyvar. This award is testament to the commitment of the Councils involved”.
Awards were made in a total of 14 categories, celebrating the achievements of individuals and organisations in all sectors of the environment-related industry, including waste and recycling, the environment, renewable energy, biodiversity, and sustainable building.