Strathfoyle youth keeping the focus on ‘zero waste’

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Members of the Enagh Youth Forum have welcomed the installation of new litter bins across Strathfoyle and say they will boost ongoing environmental improvements in the area.

Eamonn O’Donnell Youth & Community Development Worker says credit must be given to independent candidate in the forthcoming elections Paul Hughes, who secured the bins for the estate.

Mr. O’Donnell said: “I would like to thank local Independent candidate for the forthcoming elections Paul Hughes for securing a number of new litter bins which have now been installed in and around the Strathfoyle estate. I would also like to thank Dessie McCrystal and his team at Derry City Council for the speedy installation of these new litter bins which will hopefully go some way to keeping Strathfoyle tidy. This fits well with our ongoing environmental improvement works at Enagh Lough which just last week saw 320 new native trees planted and over 20 bird boxes installed at Enagh Lough.

“Young people here at the forum are getting very busy preparing for a public protest to be held in April against the proposed gasification plans for the North West. However not only are young people preparing for the protest and stating what they are against - They are also working with Zero Waste North West and are currently exploring the setting up of a community resource and recycling social enterprise locally.”

The local campaigner said Strathfoyle was one of the communities leading the say in their ‘zero waste’ approach.

“The crucial element is community participation and here at Enagh Youth Forum we are making a start as is Zero Waste Rosemount in the cityside. Coming up to the May elections is a good time for the political parties to listen and to engage. Working together we can create new solutions and begin the transition towards adopting a zero waste approach and strategy in relation to waste management,” he added.