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NI recycling up as landfill fades

Northern Ireland’s councils sent almost half of their household waste for reuse, dry recycling and composting in 2017-18, according to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

Its annual report on local authority collected waste showed the 11 councils between them received 977,817 tonnes of municipal waste, a 0.8% decrease on the 985,994 tonnes collected in 2016-17. Household waste accounted for 89.4% of all municipal waste.

48.1% of household waste was sent for reuse, dry recycling and composting, a 3.7 percentage points increase on the 2016-17 rate of 44.3%.

Individual council recycling results varied from 54.3% in Mid Ulster to 42.2% in Causeway Coast & Glens.

Municipal waste energy recovery was 18.4% in 2017-18, a 0.1 percentage point fall over the year. Newry, Mourne & Down had the highest energy recovery rate at 49.5% and Fermanagh & Omagh the lowest at 5.5%.

Landfill hit a new low of 32% in 2017-18, a drop of 4.7 percentage points from 2016-17 and a fall of 72.3 since 2006-07.

There were 171,295 tonnes of biodegradable municipal waste sent to landfill during 2017-18, 16.2% lower than the 204,380 tonnes sent in 2016-17.

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