Both waste sent to landfill and the total waste collected in Northern Ireland see steep falls.
Northern Ireland Executive figures show the region’s lowest ever volume of landfilled waste was achieved in the October to December 2012 quarter.
The proportion of municipal waste sent to landfill dropped 3.6 percentage points, when compared with the same period in 2011, to 57.7%.
Household and municipal waste volumes sent for recycling and composting increased by 0.8 and 1.3 percentage points respectively to 36.6% and 36.0%.
Local authority collected waste decreased in volume by 1.0% against the last quarter of 2011 from 218,877 tonnes to 216,713 tonnes.
Environment minister Alex Attwood (pictured, above) said: “I am implementing bold challenging new laws to enhance our clean and green credentials. People want to embrace measures to reduce waste and address climate change. The carrier bag levy, recycling and less waste to landfill drive it.”