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A refreshing sight as charity restores faith in recycling projects

An east Belfast church charity has raised the bar for recycling, according to Environment Minister Edwin Poots.

The minister chose East Belfast Mission’s Re:store shop to announce additional funding of £200,000 for the Rethink Waste Fund launched in May.

“East Belfast Mission is proof that waste is a valuable resource,” said Mr Poots. “As a result of the original funding made available by my department, East Belfast Mission now has nine shops selling a variety of second hand goods. This diverted over 420 tonnes of furniture from landfill and generated over £650,000 in 2009, which went directly into the community.”

Local MP Naomi Long presided over the official opening of the relocated shop and cafe last week. Re-Fresh is a low cost healthy food community café and delivers meals on wheels, while Re-Store provides re-usable furniture/electrical goods in partnership with Bryson House.

The units have now moved to the ground floor of the old skyline building at 213-223 Newtownards Road. They moved from 239 Newtownards Road as part of the Skainos regeneration project. The opening was attended by staff, volunteers, other charities and associates with East Belfast Mission.

Mrs Long said: “It is a real pleasure to re-open Re-Store and Re-Fresh projects. These schemes are two of the 10 |East Belfast Mission Social Economy projects across Northern Ireland which have been developed over the last |five years to conduct vital work in and |for the community.

“These are excellent schemes. They give a lot back to the community in delivering low cost healthy food, meals on wheels and re-usable furniture and electrical goods. Its great to have businesses like these which focus on people as opposed to profit. I want to congratulate those involved on the re-openings and I wish the projects well going forward. I also want to wish everyone well with the exciting flagship project, Skainos.”

Applicants to the Department of Environment’s Rethink Waste Fund may submit proposals either individually, or in partnership with councils, with the community and voluntary sector, the private sector or through Northern Ireland’s Waste Management Groups.

Further detailed information on the application process, including the assessment criteria, application form and guidance notes are available on the news and events section of http://www.rethinkwasteni.org.

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