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EU Week for Waste Reduction - Events in Derry

EU Week for Waste Reduction 2013 NW events

Sat 16th Nov- Sun 24th Nov

EU Week for Waste Reduction is promoted annually by the European Commission as a way of raising awareness about systems which Reduce Reuse and Recycle resources instead of burning, burying or dumping them.

With the current controversy in the NW region about the proposed construction of a £500 million waste gasification plant, there will be plenty of interest in the following events:


Consultation on NI Waste Prevention Plan

Wed 20th Nov 10am -12.30pm Playtrail Derry

NW Community Network host a meeting to provide a community response to the DOE consultation on the NI Waste Prevention Plan

Speakers include Mal Williams Zero Waste Wales and Vyvyan Howard a toxicologist and professor of bio imaging at UU Coleraine. Representatives from DCC Environmental Services Committee, the NW Region Waste Management Group (the seven councils proposing the gasification plant) and the DOE have also been invited to speak.

All views are important and everyone is welcome. For more information and to confirm your attendance please contact:

Tel: 02871279090


Zero Waste Strathfoyle!

'if you are not for zero waste, how much waste are you for?'

Wed 20th Nov 3-5pm Teacher's Centre Strathfoyle

Zero Waste systems are operating successfully throughout the world, involving communities in separating resources for recovery at source and creating ten times as many jobs as conventional waste management systems. Enagh Youth Forum are leading the way in designing the first NW community-led Zero Waste project. Mal Williams, Zero Waste Wales will present the Welsh experience and give practical advice on the first steps. All interested individuals and community groups from the Strathfoyle, Maydown and Campsie areas are welcome to attend.

For more information and to confirm your attendance please contact

Tel: 02871860377


Zero Waste NW Fundraising Gig

Wed 20th Nov 8pm- 1am Sandino’s Water St Derry £4 or £3 unwaged

Kevin Rotherham heads a great line-up of local musicians including We Are Ariels, Ard Rí, Paul Casey, Luke Mc Laughlin, Caolan Mc Laughlin, Conor Kelly, John Leighton ... Enjoy the craic and contribute to the Zero Waste NW campaign.

To find out more see


Trashed screenings Foyle Film Festival

Thursday 21st Nov 10am Brunswick Superbowl

Thursday 21st Nov 7pm Brunswick Superbowl

(Jeremy Irons may be in attendance for Q&A at the above screenings)

Thursday 21st November 8pm Letterkenny Cinema

Thursday 28th November 10.30am -12 midday QFT Belfast

Q&A facilitated by James Orr FOE NI

Buncrana screening tbc

The powerful documentary Trashed is narrated by Jeremy Irons highlighting the impact to human health and the natural environment of the mountains of stuff discarded throughout the world in landfill, dumped in oceans and burned in incinerators.

For more details see Foyle Film Festival programme

These screenings are in association with Zero Waste NW who will be present with information about their campaign to stop the building of the proposed gasification plant and instead to develop community zero waste projects.

For more information see


Public Information Meeting Eglinton

Thursday 21st November 7.30-9pm St Canice Hall Eglinton

Zero Waste NW will give information about the proposed gasification plant and their campaign to stop it. Mal Williams Zero Waste Wales will outline the success of zero waste measures in recovering resources and creating jobs. Vyvyan Howard UU Coleraine will speak about the dangers of nano-particles emitted by the gasification process.

To find out more see


Public Information Meeting St Columb's Park House 7.30-9pm

Friday 22nd November St Columb's Park House

Mary Mc Guiggan, Zero Waste NW will facilitate this meeting at which Mal Williams, Zero Waste Wales will outline zero waste principles and practice and Vyvyan Howard, Environmental Toxicologist UU Coleraine will detail the dangers of emissions from gasification plants to human health and the environment.

To find out more see


Public Information Meeting Rosemount

Wed 27th November 7.30-9pm Brooke Park Bowling Club House

Dave Duggan, local writer and broadcaster will facilitate this meeting. Residents from Rosemount and the Glen will talk about their involvement in the successful early '90s campaign to stop the building of a Toxic Waste Incinerator in Culmore, and in Zero Waste NW which formed in spring 2013 to stop the building of the proposed waste gasification plant in Strathfoyle. Everyone shares the air affected by emissions from burning waste. This meeting will focus on further actions Rosemount and the Glen can take.

To find out more see


Also look out for the gasification monster! The scariest thing on the streets of Derry on Hallowe'en night is now coming to an area near you! Is it an incinerator? Ask the 'waste expert' on twitter @NWWasteExpert

(But can you trust him?)


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