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.