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NI municipal waste arisings increase 2.6% on the year

Northern Ireland environment minister Alex Attwood has expressed disappointment that municipal waste arisings between January and March increased 2.6% compared with the same time in 2010.

The country’s provisional municipal waste management statistics for January-March showed that waste arisings increased from 227,514 tonnes in 2010 to 233,516 tonnes in the same period in 2011, an increase of 6,002 tonnes.

However, the total amount of municipal waste sent for recycling and composting stood at 32.5% - an increase of 3.2 percentage points relative to the January-March 2010 figure of 29.3%.

Attwood said: “I welcome the useful improvements that these statistics demonstrate. However, I was disappointed to see that the amount of household waste produced in Northern Ireland this quarter has increased by 2.6% compared with the same period last year. This demonstrates that we cannot be complacent.

“Recycling is one of the many ways that we can make our local area a better place to live and invest. I will be pushing to make Northern Ireland the leader of recycling on these Islands.”

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