Northern Ireland: Recycling and composting rates reached new top

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Source: Department of the Environment et.al.

Belfast, Northern Ireland — According to the quarterly provisional figures of „Northern Ireland Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste Management Statistics“, Northern Ireland’s recycling and composting rate reached a new quarterly top of 45.1 per cent between July and September 2013. This was an increase of over two percentage points compared with the same period last year when 42.8 per cent was recycled or composted.

Other key points of quarter 2 of 2013/14 show:

  • A total of 246,293 tonnes of local authority collected municipal waste were collected in Northern Ireland which is broadly similar to the same quarter last year when 247,487 tonnes were collected.
  • The percentage of local authority collected municipal waste sent to landfill was 47.4 per cent. This was an improvement of 4.4 percentage points compared with the same period last year when just 51.8 per cent was sent to landfill.
  • The percentage of household waste recycled or composted was 45.7 per cent. This was an increase of 1.7 percentage points compared with the same period last year when 44.0 per cent was recycled or composted. Of all household waste collected 21.0 per cent was recycled and 24.6 per cent was composted.
  • 47.0 per cent of household waste was sent to landfill, an improvement of 3.6 percentage points on the rate of 50.6 per cent sent to landfill during the same period in 2012/13.
  • In total, 62,742 tonnes of biodegradable LAC municipal waste were sent to landfill during this quarter, 8.3 per cent less than the same quarter last year. This equated to 20.5 per cent of the annual allocation. To date, between April and September 2013, 42.0 per cent of the annual allocation has been used.
  • Capture rates are a measure of how much material is being collected for recycling through household kerbside collection schemes. The capture rate for glass shows the most notable improvement since the same quarter of the previous year, increasing by almost 8 percentage points to 38.7 per cent.

Source: Northern Ireland Department of the Environment