County Down is a territory on the east coast of Northern Ireland. The Ards and Down coast, the Mountains of Mourne, Strangford Lough, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and forest parks of County Down are in balance with the natural environment, local communities, their heritage and the abundance of natural food produce and regional products and provide a truely Green Destination experience for visitors.

Under the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is required in the exercise of its functions, to act in the manner it considers best to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in Northern Ireland, except to the extent that it considers that such action is not reasonably practicable.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council aims to embed the ethos of sustainability throughout its operations and to provide leadership for the community  

Ards and North Down Borough Council plays a key role in leading the local community on sustainable development of the Borough in all its aspects, including waste resource management which will save ratepayers large amounts of money in landfill tax and make the borough a place to be proud of. The Council operate waste recycling in the form of glass, recyclables and food waste collections.  The borough is currently number 2 out of the 11 Councils for our household waste recycling rate and we remain the highest performing council in relation to household waste composting rate.

Ards and North Down Borough Council launched the StAND for Sustainability campaign on Monday 17 September, in a bid to reduce the reliance on single-use plastics within the Borough and help address the global plastic waste pandemic which is having such a negative impact on our planet, oceans and wildlife.

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