South West College granted £23k to tackle marine litter in Lough Erne And Strule River

South West College in Fermanagh and Tyrone has been awarded £23,000 as part of Live Here Love Here’s Marine Litter Capital Grants Scheme, where organisations, community groups and businesses across Northern Ireland can benefit from funding to help protect local waterways and marine areas.

The scheme made £198,000 available to purchase equipment and machinery that will aim to prevent litter entering the marine environment as well as remove litter from coastal and riverine areas. The grant money allocated will help preserve aquatic spaces, improve marine biodiversity and the health and wellbeing of coastal communities.

Supriya Foster, Sustainability Officer at South West College, said: “We plan to use the money to raise awareness of and combat plastic pollution in line with our commitment to the UN Sustainability Goals. This will be actioned by series of workshops, an awareness campaign and recycling centres introduced across all 5 campuses.

“We will also be adding over 80 new outdoor recycle points across our campuses. South West College is in a unique position to make a discernible difference in the fight against plastic pollution, being adjacent to both Lough Erne and Strule River. 

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