The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has welcomed provisional third quarter figures showing that local authority collected municipal waste sent to landfill in Northern Ireland was 51%, down from 54% 12 months earlier.
The details, released last week by the environment department, also indicate that recycling and composting for the same period of 2012 rose by 1.5% to 44.2% and the total collected fell again by almost 1%.
CIWM chief executive Steve Lee, left, said it was “heartening” to see continuing improvement.
“The total collected has dropped again; more is being recycled and composted than ever before; and less is being sent to landfill.
“While CIWM considers that it’s too early to say if we can see a decoupling of waste generation from economic activity, the trend is nevertheless positive and supports our view that a per-capita residual waste reduction target is worth considering in the current NI Waste Management Strategy review”.
“It’s also too early to say if we are starting to see a tailing off of recycling performance by councils and we reaffirm our view in response to the draft strategy that expansion of financial support for infrastructure in Northern Ireland to meet increased recycling targets and a potential ramping up of landfill diversion targets must be considered in the review.”