Northern Ireland: Household waste landfill rate still 40 per cent

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Source: Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Belfast, Northern Ireland — Northern Ireland’s councils collected 227,238 tonnes of Local Authority Collected (LAC) municipal waste between January and March 2016. This was a 4.7 per cent increase on the 217,138 tonnes collected during the same three months of 2015. Household waste accounts for 89.1 per cent of total LAC municipal waste, according to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

The figures show that household waste preparing for reuse, dry recycling and composting rate was 38.3 per cent between January and March 2016. This was an increase on the 37.4 per cent recorded during the same three months of 2015. At council level, rates varied from 44.2 per cent in Antrim & Newtownabbey and Mid Ulster to 32.9 per cent in Causeway Coast & Glens. The proportion of household waste sent for preparing for reuse was 0.1 per cent, dry recycling made up 24.8 per cent and composting was 13.4 per cent.

Over one-fifth (21.1 per cent) of LAC municipal waste was sent for energy recovery. This rate was 5.5 percentage points higher than the 15.6 per cent sent during the same three months of 2015. The highest rate was recorded in Derry City & Strabane at 44.8 per cent while the lowest rate was 1.4 per cent in Fermanagh & Omagh.

The household waste landfill rate was 40.3 per cent, a notable reduction on the 47.0 per cent recorded during the same three months of 2015. There were 56,440 tonnes of Biodegradable Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste sent to landfill between January and March 2016. This was 9.8 per cent lower than the 62,598 tonnes sent between the same three months of 2015 and accounted for less of the annual allowance, 20.4 per cent between January and March 2016 compared to 21.5 per cent in the equivalent quarter of 2015.

More information can be found under daera-ni.gov.uk.

Source: Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs / Northern Ireland Environment Agency