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Northern Ireland household recycling rates increase 1%

Recycling rates for household waste in Northern Ireland have increased by 1.2 percentage points from 2008-2009 according to new figures.

The Northern Ireland municipal waste management statisticsannual report provides a complete picture for waste between April 2009 and April 2010, and supersedes the quarterly waste management figures.

According to the annual report, total household waste arisings in Northern Ireland fell from 879,846 in 2008/09 tonnes to 875,062 tonnes collected in 2009/10, a reduction of 4,784 tonnes.

However, the percentage of household waste sent for recycling and composting increased from 34.4% in 2008/09 to 35.6% in 2009/10 – an increase of only 1.2 percentage points over the year.

This represents the smallest year on year increase in household recycling rates since records began in 2002.

Municipal waste arisings, defined as “all waste under the control or possession of a district council” fell 1.3% between the current and previous financial years, with total tonnages reducing from 1,017,215 in 2008/09 to 1,004,020 this year.

Recycling rates for municipal waste increased 1.5 percentage points over the year, rising from 31.6% in 2008/09 to 33.1% in the 2009/10 financial year. Of that 33.1%, 20.3% was sent for recycling, and 12.8% was composted.

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