Latest figures show that Northern Ireland recycled and composted 31% of municipal waste for the fourth quarter of 2010.
Released by the Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland Municipal Waste Management Statistics, October to December 2010 contains summary information on nine key measurements covering municipal waste, household waste and biodegradable municipal waste.
Key points from the data, calculated from WasteDataFlow, include:
- A total of 220,687 tonnes of municipal waste were collected, with 88% household waste and 12% non-household waste.
- The percentage of municipal waste sent for recycling and composting was 31%, a rise of almost one percentage point on the corresponding quarter in 2009.
- The percentage of municipal waste sent to landfill was 68%, almost two percentage points lower compared with October to December 2009.
- Of the municipal waste collected for recycling, green waste accounted for 37%, while paper accounted for 27%. One-tenth was accounted for by glass and cans.
- The percentage of household waste sent to landfill was almost 66%. This is a reduction of one and a half percentage points on the same period a year earlier.
The figures indicate a nine percentage point reduction in the amount of waste sent for recycling and composting relative to the third quarter of 2010, a fall of 6.4 percentage points in relation to second quarter figures and a marginal increase against the first quarter, where recycling rates stood at 29%. This is thought to be due to seasonal impacts.