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Household recycling up in Northern Ireland

Household waste recycling in Northern Ireland reached nearly 40% for 2011/12, according to provisional figures.

Quarterly local authority data for January to March 2012 was published by the Northern Ireland Department of the Environment.

The statistics show:

  • Household waste recycling for 2011/12 at 39.7%
  • 223,976 tonnes of local authority collected (LAC) waste, of which 87% was household waste in Q1 2012
  • LAC waste arising down 4.4% compared to Q1 2011
  • LAC recycling rate was 36.5%, up 4% points
  • Percentage of LAC waste to landfill was 58.8%, down 5.1%
  • Household waste collected down 6%
  • 74,003 tonnes of household waste recycled
  • Household waste recycle rate for Q1 was 38.1%, up 4.1% points
  • Household waste landfilled was 111,320 tonnes - 57.2%, down 5.2% points

Environment minister Alex Attwood said: “It is pleasing to see a further decrease in the waste generated by householders and I commend all those people diligently protecting our environment by reducing waste. Individuals and families play a vital role collectively in tackling waste.

“At the same time it is very encouraging to see a year-on-year increase in the recycling tonnage collected by the Councils. We can and I am confident we will do much more. That is why I recently announced a 60% recycling target for 2020. We will all need to make every effort, both at home and at work, if we are to achieve it. Whilst it is a long term challenge it’s the right thing to do for this and future generations.”

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