Northern Ireland recycling rate rises

Northern Ireland’s municipal waste recycling rate has risen by 3.9 to 43.6% in the first three months of 2018.

The nations’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs published its municipal waste management statistics for January to March last week.

The report is updated quarterly and contains key measurements of local authority collected (LAC) municipal waste for councils and waste management groups in Northern Ireland.

Councils collected 2.1% less municipal waste (222,481 tonnes) in January and March 2018 than the same period in 2017 (227,153).

Newry, Mourne & Down had the smallest quantity of household waste per person at 100kg, while the largest quantity per person was recorded in Antrim & Newtownabbey at 123kg.

LAC municipal waste energy recovery rate was 20.1%, lower than the 20.7% reported in 2017.

The landfill rate for household waste was 33.8%, a further reduction on the 39.1% recorded during the same three months of 2017.

There were 46,273 tonnes of biodegradable local authority collected municipal waste sent to landfill between January and March 2018, a 15.3% reduction.

All figures are provisional until the final end-year validation has been completed.

An annual report is scheduled for November 2018.

Reference: Recycling & Waste World

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