Northern Ireland: Local Authority Collected municipal waste rates remain stable

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Map of waste management groups in Northern Ireland (Source: © crown copyright)

Belfast, Northern Ireland — According to latest Northern Ireland Local Authority Collected (LAC) municipal waste management statistics for July to September 2014. the total amount of LAC municipal waste arisings (250,865 tonnes) has increased by 1.0 per cent compared with July to September 2013 (248,392 tonnes). This can be observed in both the household and non household elements, with these showing increases of 0.9 per cent and 1.7 per cent respectively (from 219,814 tonnes of household waste arisings in July to September 2013 to 221,794 tonnes in the current quarter and from 28,578 tonnes of non household waste arisings last year to 29,070 this year).

Household kerbside capture rates for the primary waste categories ranged from a high of 56.6 per cent for paper and card to a low of 1.7 per cent for Waste Electronic & Electrical Equipment (WEEE). The capture rates for glass and mixed metals waste have improved when compared with the same quarter of the previous year (up 1.6 and 1.2 percentage points respectively); whilst capture rates for the remaining primary waste categories have remained similar.

The total proportion of LAC municipal waste sent for recycling and composting during this quarter was 45.1 per cent. This was similar to the same quarter last year when 44.8 per cent was sent for recycling and composting. The total percentage of household waste sent for recycling and composting was 45.6 per cent. This was the same as the proportion sent in July to September 2013. Of all household waste collected 21.0 per cent was recycled and 24.6 per cent was composted.

The tonnage of LAC municipal waste going to landfill has fallen to 101,781, a decrease of 13.9 per cent on the same quarter last year when 118,159 tonnes were landfilled (Table 3). The percentage of LAC municipal waste sent to landfill in the current quarter was 40.6 per cent. This was 7.0 percentage points lower than that for July to September 2013 (47.6 per cent). The total tonnage of household waste sent to landfill for this quarter was 88,511 tonnes down 13.9 per cent compared with last year (102,854 tonnes). The percentage of household waste sent to landfill in the current quarter was 39.9 per cent. This was 6.9 percentage points lower than the July to September 2013 figure (46.8 per cent).

In total, 53,948 tonnes of biodegradable LAC municipal waste were sent to landfill during this quarter, 11.9 per cent less than in the same quarter last year (61,228 tonnes). This equated to 18.5 per cent of the annual Northern Ireland Landfill Allowance Scheme (NILAS) allocation used in this quarter and 37.0 per cent used in the first half of the year.

The full report can be downloaded under doeni.gov.uk.

Source: Department of the Environment / Northern Ireland Environment Agency