NILGA, The Northern Ireland Local Government Association, welcomed the latest waste management figures showing big upturns in household recycling.
For the first time ever in NI, a 50% + rate has been achieved - three years ahead of schedule. Council results have greatly exceeded targets thanks to effective partnership work with DAERA and local householders across Northern Ireland. Councils have promoted latest recycling initiatives such as food waste – with great co-operation from local communities’ sustained improvements in recycling are now apparent and bode well for the future.
Cllr Mervyn Rea, NILGA’s Waste Management Spokesperson Head of Recycling Policy said “I am delighted to see this improvement in recycling rates in the latest Northern Ireland statistics, which puts us ahead of England and Scotland. I congratulate all 11 district councils and a big thank you goes to householders for their commitment. We can’t be complacent though – we need to catch up with Wales. I encourage householders to help councils keep food waste out of landfill. It’s not only helping to prevent climate change but can make compost and create jobs – a win - win.”
Cllr Rea added: “Members of our 11 district councils want to build on this great result. With the help of householders’ right across Northern Ireland we will continue to meet if not surpass this vital statutory target.”