THE first school in Ireland or the UK to use waste packaging to produce free heating has been launched in Co Tyrone.
Dungannon Integrated College will recycle refuse from Greiner Packaging Ltd in a scheme saving around £40,000 and 200 tonnes of carbon emissions a year, the Northern Ireland Department of Education said.
The company is one of the leading firms in the European packaging industry and has a workforce of more than 3,000 employees at 34 sites.
Northern Ireland Education Minister John O'Dowd said: "With the rising cost of energy, it is imperative that renewable alternatives are sought and fully utilised whenever possible.
"Project SCool is a practical example of innovative thinking and investment that will also lead to shared financial and environmental benefits for both Dungannon Integrated College and Greiner Packaging.
"I wish everyone continued success for the future."
His Department provided £58,000 towards the scheme.
Northern Ireland Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: "Greiner is an innovative company which has invested repeatedly in research and development with support from Invest Northern Ireland and the EU to develop advanced new products and processes.
"Project SCool' is an example of this commitment to innovation.
"Not only is Greiner meeting its own energy efficiency needs and reducing its carbon footprint, but Dungannon Integrated College is benefiting from a highly efficient heat supply that has reduced the school's operating overheads.
"I welcome this partnership between local industry and the community, and the clear benefits that will continue to be delivered to all."