Municipal recycling rates in Northern Ireland rose to 37.4% between April and June 2010, new figures show.
Published by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), the provisional figures for the second quarter of 2010 indicate an increase in municipal recycling rates of 1.5 percentage points over the same period in 2009, which stood at 35.7%.
Of the 267,615 tonnes of municipal waste collected in the quarter, 98,000 tonnes were collected for recycling in the period, of which almost half was green waste, and another 21% was paper waste.
The figures also showed that the level of municipal waste sent to landfill was almost 62% - a 1.9 percentage point reduction over the 2009 figure of 63.6%.
Northern Ireland environment minister Edwin Poots said: “These figures demonstrate that by working together we can recognise waste as a valuable resource which we can use to support our economy.
“While those councils with higher rates of recycling will have more modest rises in the future, it is essential that the councils at the lower end of the recycling table raise their game significantly over the next few years.”