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NI recycling continues upward curve

Household recycling in Northern Ireland rose by two percentage points in the latest quarterly figures.

The rate for preparing for reuse, dry recycling and composting was 42.1% between October and December 2016, up from 40.1% recorded during the same three months of 2015.

The previous quarterly figure released in January also showed a rise.

At the local authority level, rates varied from 37.1% in Belfast to 49.9% in Mid Ulster.

Northern Ireland’s councils collected 228,631 tonnes between October and December 2016. This was a 0.6% down on the same three months of 2015. Household waste accounts for 89.3% of total local authority collected (LAC) municipal waste.

Newry, Mourne & Down generated the smallest quantity of household waste per person at 97kg, while the largest quantity per person was recorded in Antrim & Newtownabbey at 129kg.

The LAC municipal waste energy recovery rate was 19.7%, similar to the 19.3% recorded in the same quarter the previous year. The highest rate was 52.9% in Newry, Mourne & Down while the lowest was 2.6% in Fermanagh & Omagh.

The latest quarterly landfill rate for household waste was 38.3%, a further reduction on the 40.1% recorded during the same three months of 2015.

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