New Recycling Award for the West

The West Belfast Partnership Board recently launched its Community Environment Awards, in the Glen Parent and Youth Centre on Suffolk Road.

Each year the West Belfast Partnership Board (WBPB) celebrates the work of local communities who have strived to improve, protect and enhance West Belfast's physical and natural environment through the annual Environment Awards.

Now in its 16th year, the sought-after community awards encourage the local community and public sectors to take ownership and responsibility for protecting the environment and making west Belfast a better place to live, work and play. Through the awards, the WBPB have been proud to acknowledge the commitment, creativity and hard work of local schools, youth groups, residents associations, environmental groups and public bodies who have improved and enhanced the local environment, making West Belfast a better place to live, work and do business.

This year West Belfast Partnership are delighted to announce the new Bryson Recycling Award which will be awarded to entrants in west Belfast who:

·         Demonstrate a commitment to recycling through a Project or activity

·         Demonstrate innovation and creativity through a recycling or upcycling Project or activity

·         Improve and enhance the quality of the environment in which they live through recycling.

 The West Belfast Partnership Community Environment Awards include a further three categories sponsored by a range of partners - public art, education and community:

·         The Apex Housing Association Public Art Award – Open to individuals, groups or businesses who have been involved in public art projects which have improved the physical landscape of west Belfast,

·         The Ark Housing Association Education Award – Open to all schools and nurseries who have been involved in projects/initiatives which have raised environmental awareness and improved the West Belfast environment,

·         The Translink Community Award – Open to community/residents groups in west Belfast who have been involved in activities/initiatives which highlight environmental endeavor and achievement.

At the discretion of the WBPB Housing, Environmental and Planning subgroup and the awards judging panel, a Special Achievement Award may be presented where appropriate, to acknowledge exceptional environmental endeavors.

Reneé Crawford, Chair of the WBPB Housing, Environment and Planning Subgroup said:

“This is the 16th year of West Belfast Partnership’s very successful Environment Awards. These Awards not only acknowledge the work local people have undertaken to improve and enhance the quality of the environment in which they live, they are also a mechanism through which the West Belfast Partnership Board can actively promote environmental regeneration efforts across west Belfast.”

Geraldine McAteer, Chief Executive of WBPB said,

“The Community Environment Awards depend on sponsorship and the West Belfast Partnership Board would like to extend their gratitude to all past and present donors. We are especially delighted this year to welcome onboard Bryson Recycling who are sponsoring a Recycling Award.  Bryson are now the biggest recycling Social Enterprise not only in the north but across these islands with recycling plants in Wales and Donegal. And they are of course very well-known across west Belfast where they have been providing a recycling service since 2001”.

Claire McCallum, Communications Manager of Bryson Recycling said:

“We have been delivering kerbside recycling services on behalf of Belfast City Council for many years now and are delighted to be involved with the Community Environment Awards this year which encourage people to take action to improve their local environment”.

The closing date for applications is Friday 28nd September 2018.

Applications are available from the West Belfast Partnership Board website: or for more information please contact Stephanie from the WBPB on 02890 809202 or by email

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