The provisional Northern Ireland Local Authority Collected (LAC) Municipal Waste Management Statistics January have been published, showing council collected waste sent to landfill has reached a new low, while its recycling rate has dropped.
The report reveals that just over half (50.2 percent) of all LAC municipal waste was sent to landfill in the final quarter of 2013/14, the lowest quarterly figure on record.
This represents a reduction of approaching nine percentage points on the proportion landfilled in the equivalent quarter last year.
The report also shows that the overall amount of LAC municipal waste arisings decreased by around six percent when compared with the same period last year, from 223,376 tonnes to 210,728 tonnes.
However, for the first time in recent years, the recycling and composting rate has fallen, by one percentage point, when compared with the same period of the previous year (from 36.4 percent to 35.4 percent).
This was driven by a considerable fall of over one-fifth (22 percent) in the amount of LAC municipal waste sent for composting during January to March when compared to the equivalent quarter in 2011/12.
The data in this report is based on returns made to WasteDataFlow, which is a web based system, used by all UK local authorities to report LAC municipal waste.
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