The proportion of Northern Ireland’s municipal waste prepared for reuse, dry recycling and composting has risen to 46.2%, according to provisional statistics.
Figures for Q2 2016 from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Daera) showed an increase on the 44.7% recorded during the same three months of 2015.
The amount sent to landfill dropped by three percentage points to 37.5% from 40.5% in the corresponding 2015 quarter.
This is despite an increase in overall waste collected to 262,883 tonnes from 254,007 tonnes during the same three months of 2015.
Meanwhile the amount of municipal waste, 81% of which is from households, sent to energy-from-waste facilities increased by 1.4 percentage points to 14.6%.
The Daera report said: “The landfill rate has now reached its lowest ever level for April to June.
“The long-term trend has seen the April to June household waste landfill rate fall consistently from 70.9% in April to June 2006 to 37.0% in April to June 2016.”
Daera’s figures are provisional until the final end-year validation has been completed.
This is the fifth quarterly release of waste data since the country’s previous 26 district councils were consolidated into 11 during April 2015.
Eight of the 11 new district councils were split into two waste management groups during the reorganisation, arc21 and NWRWMG, with three not affiliated to any group.