Volunteers Give City Nature Reserve a Spring Clean

A team of dedicated employees from Delta Packaging, in west Belfast, rolled up their sleeves recently to tackle litter at Ulster Wildlife’s Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, as part of the Big Spring Clean.Working together with local business partner Wastebeater, the volunteers collected 220kg of litter and junk at the urban wildlife oasis, which adjoins Delta’s facility in Kennedy Way.

The team from Delta Packaging on site at Bog Meadows

Alongside plastic bottles, shopping bags and sanitary products, more unusual items included a bed frame, bikes and a shopping trolley. From all the waste gathered, 198kg was recycled, with the remaining 22kg shredded and used as an alternative fuel in cement kilns.

The team from Delta Packaging on site at Bog Meadows

Deborah McLaughlin, Ulster Wildlife’s Nature Reserves Officer at Bog Meadows said: “Our huge thanks to Delta for all their hard work and for standing up for nature on their doorstep. Bog Meadows is a natural haven for wildlife and people in the city, so it is important we look after it. Litter is not just a damaging blight on this beautiful landscape; it can harm and kill wildlife that may digest or get entangled in it.”

Neal McCone, Sales Director with Delta Packaging said,

“Our employees were delighted to take part in the Big Spring Clean at Bog Meadows on the recent Clean Europe Day. Despite the weather, staff got stuck in and we’re satisfied to see so much litter removed from this much-loved community resource. The clean-up will make a real difference to this local wetland habitat which is an Area of Scientific Interest and is right on Delta’s doorstep.”

Delta Packaging has pledged to clean Bog Meadows Nature Reserve four times per year as part of Keep NI Beautiful’s Adopt a Spot programme – a scheme that allows volunteer groups across Northern Ireland to adopt an area and look after it.

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