Environment Minister Edwin Poots has met with senior management at McKinstry Skip Hire Limited in Crumlin to see at first hand the company’s investment and development work with regards to recycling.
McKinstry specialises in waste management, recycling of household, business and commercial waste, skip hire, bio-waste and metals recycling.
The company continually investigates all global recycling markets to identify alternative outlets for its customer’s waste products, such as paper and cardboard, metals, plastics and biomass.
Renewable energy is a crucial facet of the business and in recent years the company has invested heavily in new ways to recycle.
A decade ago, McKinstry was taking 90 per cent of all the waste collected to landfill.
Currently over 90 per cent of waste is now being recycled and reused and the company’s ambition is to move towards being a true ‘zero waste’ business.
Welcoming this, Mr Poots said: “Recycling benefits our environment, our businesses and our local economy and I congratulate McKinstry on their investment and efforts to become a ‘zero-waste’ company.
“Minimising waste and maximising the value of that waste boosts our local economy and I’d like to see more and more businesses in Northern Ireland being innovative and proactive to grasp the momentum behind recycling.
“I recently consulted on what the future of recycling might look like in Northern Ireland and I thank everyone who contributed.
‘I will be publishing a summary of responses in due course and considering how to further increase the good work that has been done on recycling here.”