The quarterly provisional Northern Ireland (NI) Local Authority Collected (LAC) Municipal Waste Management Statistics July-September 2013 have been published, revealing that the NI recycling and composting rate has reached a new quarterly peak at 45.1 percent.
This is an increase of over two percentage points when compared with the same period of the previous year (42.8 percent). The higher level of composting that is typically observed during the summer months, along with continued improvement in both household and non household recycling, has helped to boost the NI recycling and composting rate for this quarter.
The landfill rate has also continued to fall, reflecting the improving recycling and composting rates.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan – “Together with the continued decrease of landfilled waste, this shows that as a society we are making more use of what must be viewed as resources and not waste”
Less than half (47.4 percent) of all LAC municipal waste was sent to landfill in the second quarter of 2013/14, the lowest quarterly landfill rate on record. This represents a reduction of over four percentage points on the proportion landfilled in the equivalent quarter last year (51.8 percent).
The report also shows that the overall amount of LAC municipal waste arisings (246,293 tonnes) was broadly similar to the same period last year (247,487 tonnes).
The percentage of household waste recycled or composted was 45.7 percent. This was an increase of 1.7 percentage points compared with the same period last year when 44.0 percent was recycled or composted. Of all household waste collected 21.0 percent was recycled and 24.6 percent was composted.
47 percent of household waste was sent to landfill, an improvement of 3.6 percentage points on the rate of 50.6 percent sent to landfill during the same period in 2012/13.
Capture rates are a measure of how much material is being collected for recycling through household kerbside collection schemes. The capture rate for glass shows the most notable improvement since the same quarter of the previous year, increasing by almost eight percentage points to 38.7 percent.
In total, 62,742 tonnes of biodegradable LAC municipal waste were sent to landfill during this quarter, 8.3 percent less than the same quarter last year. This equated to 20.5 percent of the annual allocation. To date, between April and September 2013, 42.0 percent of the annual allocation has been used.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today welcomed the news, saying: “The continued increase in recycling rates to their highest ever Summer levels is welcomed news. Together with the continued decrease of landfilled waste, this shows that as a society we are making more use of what must be viewed as resources and not waste.
“Along with the support of my Department more Councils are expanding the range of materials that can be collected at the kerbside for recycling. I very much commend the public for the effort they put into recycling.”
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