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Room for improvement for recycling in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has failed to significantly improve 2008s recycling rates, after it increased the percentage of municipal waste sent for recycling by just over 1% in a year.

In total, 29.9% of municipal waste was sent for recycling and composting in the final quarter of 2009, a slight increase over the same period in 2008, which stood at 28.3%.

Of the 234,683 tonnes of municipal waste collected in the quarter, 158,181 tonnes (67.4%) was sent to landfill, a slender reduction of nearly 4% from the previous years figure of 71.3%.

Commenting recently on similar results  mean by this?], the Department of the Environment Minister, Edwin Poots said
: These latest statistics demonstrate the commitment of both local councils and my Department in helping reduce both recyclable and biodegradable municipal waste being sent to landfill sites. We need to keep this momentum going as there is clearly room for more improvement."

According to the figures, 116kg of household waste was collected per head of population in Northern Ireland, 37 kg of which was sent for recycling or composting.

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