Bins and Recycling

Statement from Mr Poots

Statement from Mr Poots

Poots praises waste industry key workers for their efforts during coronavirus crisis 

Environment Minister Edwin Poots MLA has written to key workers in the waste industry to express his gratitude for their continuing efforts in protecting public health and the environment during Covid-19.

In response Council’s Chief Executive, Anne Donaghy, gave thanks and echoed the praise:

"At a time when Mr Poots is working tirelessly to guide us through the crisis, this is a brilliant gesture from the Environment Minister. Our frontline waste staff continue to steadfastly work to keep our Borough tidy and service the essential Household Recycling Centres.

This, and the ongoing appreciation from the community give all our frontline workers a real lift and is very much appreciated.”

Minister Poots said: “As we navigate our way through the greatest health crisis Northern Ireland has faced for a generation, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you, our key workers, in the waste industry.

“It is key workers such as yourselves, who are vital to keeping our country going throughout these trying times. To those who have helped maintain kerbside collections, those responsible for municipal cleansing, the people working in our recycling centres, treatment plants, recovery facilities, those maintaining our disposal sites and to everyone working behind the scenes to make sure our waste is dealt with properly – thank you.

“Your continued work through such difficult times, has helped to ensure public health and the environment are protected. Your contribution has been essential to society and the economy – the importance of which should not be understated.”

Minister Poots again repeated his call urging everyone to respect waste industry workers. He added: “The men and women who are providing a vital service to all households deserve respect when carrying out their role. They are working in very difficult circumstances to continue to provide a service for us all.

“I urge everyone to work with our key workers in the waste industry, show them the respect and courtesy they deserve. Please continue to recycle your household waste and adhere to the guidance on washing your hands and disinfecting your wheelie and recycling bin handles before putting out for collection.

“We are all in this together, and by working with and respecting our service providers we can all reduce the risk to everyone.”