The ReUse centre will provide quality, good value products for the community and will keep money in the local economy.
Minister Durkan hailed the project as a win-win for Derry.
“The ReUse Centre will deliver three major benefits to Derry, improving the environment, improving the local economy and improving the employment opportunities for young people,” he said.
“This facility will keep items out of landfill, assisting Derry’s drive to be a sustainable city. The resultant diversion of 500 tonnes of waste per year from landfill will help recycling and climate change targets.”
He continued: “The estimated £50,000 per year in landfill cost savings can now be invested in more worthwhile activities by the council rather than being buried in the ground.
“The refurbishment of items provides novel opportunities and skills to help our young people find jobs. What I and DOE are about is a better environment and a stronger economy and this will help towards that goal.”
DSD Minister McCausland congratulated Joe Brolly, Manager of 4Rs Social Enterprise Project on the project securing its first contract from Council.