Northern Irelands recycling rate reached a new quarterly peak at 45.1%

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Source: Northern Ireland Executive

Belfast, Northern Ireland — New provisional statistics reveal that the Northern Ireland recycling and composting rate has reached a new quarterly peak at 45.1 per cent. This is an increase of over two percentage points when compared with the same period of the previous year (42.8 per cent). The higher level of composting that is typically observed during the summer months, along with continued improvement in both household and non household recycling, has helped to boost the Northern Ireland recycling and composting rate for this quarter.

The landfill rate has also continued to fall reflecting the improving recycling and composting rates. Less than half (47.4 per cent) of all Local Authority Collected (LAC) municipal waste was sent to landfill in the second quarter of 2013/14, the lowest quarterly landfill rate on record. This represents a reduction of over four percentage points on the proportion landfilled in the equivalent quarter last year (51.8 per cent).

The report also shows that the overall amount of LAC municipal waste arisings (246,293 tonnes) was broadly similar to the same period last year (247,487 tonnes).

Key points for July to September 2013 are:

Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste

  • 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.
  • 45.1 per cent of local authority collected municipal waste was sent for recycling and composting. 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.
  • 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 51.8 per cent was sent to landfill.

Household Waste

  • 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.
  • 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 eight percentage points to 38.7 per cent.

Quelle: Northern Ireland Executive