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Release of the latest DAERA statistics on local authority waste management and household recycling rates.

Commenting after the release of the latest Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs statistics on local authority waste management and household recycling rates, Northern Ireland Local Government Association Chief Executive Derek McCallan said:

“It’s good to see the best ever results in July to September past – they show that local councils and communities across Northern Ireland are working hard together to reduce our landfill waste and promoting greater recycling in our households.

“It’s incredibly encouraging to see that 56% of household waste is now sent for recycling and that 22% ends up in landfill, both record figures. In partnership, more work will be done but the results show that we are moving in the right direction - waste management and recycling, driven by our local councils, is a key example of local action by local people with local councils. We need more such examples in public service which show ambition and delivery.

“Resource management is a key responsibility of local government and all eleven councils have taken a proactive approach to ensure we're recycling and composting more of our "waste" materials. With an Environment Minister now in post, new policies and stronger legislation need to be enacted to ensure we are proactively addressing climate concerns, in part, by encouraging more responsible waste management. We will work with the Minister and his Department and look forward to gaining investment to beat these records.”

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PRESS RELEASE - DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS

30 January 2020

Northern Ireland local authority collected municipal waste management statistics released

Provisional Northern Ireland local authority collected municipal waste management statistics for July to September 2019 have been published today by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

This statistical report is updated quarterly and contains provisional information on key measurements of local authority collected (LAC) municipal waste for councils and waste management groups in Northern Ireland. It is available at: https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/northern-ireland-local-authority-collected-municipal-waste-management-statistics

The key points are:

  • Northern Ireland’s councils collected 274,032 tonnes of LAC municipal waste during July to September 2019. Household waste accounted for 87.3% of all LAC municipal waste collected during this period.
  • In July to September 2019, 56.1% of household waste was sent for preparing for reuse, dry recycling and composting. This is the highest rate ever recorded for Northern Ireland during July to September.
  • The landfill rate for household waste recorded a new low of 22.4% in July to September 2019, a fall from 70.3% in July to September 2006.
  • A fifth of LAC municipal waste arisings were sent for energy recovery in July to September 2019 compared to 0.1% during the same quarter 10 years ago.

Further information - The statistical report containing more detail can be accessed via the DAERA website: https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/northern-ireland-local-authority-collected-municipal-waste-management-statistic

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