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Northern Ireland recycling rates rise

Recycling and composting rates for municipal waste in Northern Ireland have risen to almost 40% between July and September 2010, according to new figures.

In total, 39.6% of municipal waste was recycled or composted in the quarter – a three percentage point increase over the same period in 2009. Municipal waste is defined as all waste collected by local authorities, from both households and non-household sites.

A similar amount of household waste was sent for recycling or composting, with 41.9% for the July-September 2010 period, an increase of two and a half percentage points than the 2009 quarter.

Northern Ireland environment minister Edwin Poots said: “I am heartened that the latest recycling rates show some significant improvements. Small changes in our behaviour will add up to big improvements for all of us.”

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