Bell commends waste management ambassadors

Date published: 10 March 2016

Enterprise Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell today praised the ongoing efforts to improve safety across the waste and recycling industry.

WISHNI ambassador events March 2016

The Minister was speaking at the annual presentation of Ambassador Awards organised by the Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum for Northern Ireland (WISHNI).

The Ambassadors Awards Programme provides recognition of the safety management activity of WISHNI partner businesses within their own companies and with their subcontractors.

Presenting awards to six local employers in recognition of their work in promoting safety across the sector, Jonathan Bell said:

“I congratulate the WISHNI forum and this year’s Ambassadors on their important contributions in helping to improve safety standards across the industry. It is encouraging to note the support offered by a range of organisations, all with the primary aim of promoting health and safety best practice across the waste and recycling industry.

“By working together and developing partnerships between government, industry and other stakeholders we can better manage and reduce the risks to Northern Ireland’s workers.”

Professor Alan Woodside OBE, Chair of WISHNI added:

“WISHNI has continued to provide support to the waste industry by developing and sharing good practice across the industry. Today’s event has been a valuable contribution in achieving this aim.

“I look forward to seeing our new Ambassadors effect further positive change within the industry and I would support them in their efforts.”

The winners of this year’s WISHNI Ambassadors Awards Programme are:

  • Belfast City Council
  • Bryson Recycling
  • Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council
  • McKinstry Skip Hire Ltd.
  • ReCon Waste Management Ltd.
  • River Ridge Recycling

This year, a Student Ambassador Award was introduced as a new category to the programme. Ms Dorcas Johnston, a second year environmental health student at Ulster University, was recognised for an excellent piece of coursework on machinery guarding and safety culture.

WISHNI brings together key stakeholders from across the waste and recycling sector to identify, devise and promote activities to improve health and safety standards across the industry.

Today’s awards ceremony included a health and safety seminar with presentations from local industry and other organisations associated with the waste and recycling industry. The event was supported by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI).


Notes to editors: 

  1. WISHNI includes representatives from a broad range of relevant bodies, including the CIWM Northern Ireland, private companies, District Councils, Energy and Utility Skills, HSENI, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, relevant trade unions, WRAP and the Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board (WAMITAB).
  2. If you are in the waste and recycling industry and would like to find out more about the work of work of WISHNI and its Ambassadors Awards Programme, please contact Kyle Carrick (secretary) by email at:
  3. The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body, sponsored by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

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