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NI recycling rate inches up

Northern Ireland’s councils collected 230,942 tonnes of municipal waste between October and December 2018, a slight fall on the 232,012 tonnes collected during the same three months of 2017, but saw a small rise in their recycling, reuse and composting rate.

Statistics published by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs showed that among the 11 councils, the largest amount collected per capita was 133kg at Antrim & Newtownabbey and the lowest 98kg at Newry, Mourne & Down. Household waste accounted for 89.6% of the total.

The reuse, dry recycling and composting rate for household waste was 47.7% between October and December 2018, up slightly from 46.9% in the same period in 2017.

This rate varied from 56.3% in Mid Ulster to only 41.7% in Belfast.

Northern Ireland’s municipal waste energy recovery rate was 19.4%, an increase on the 17.6% reported a year earlier with highest rate was recorded in Newry, Mourne & Down at 47.4% and the lowest 5.0% in Ards & North Down.

Use of landfill continued to fall, down by 2.4 percentage points to 30.1% over the year, and the 39,045 tonnes of biodegradable municipal waste sent to landfill was 9.9% lower over the year.

 

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