Municipal waste collections show slight drop

Northern Ireland’s councils collected 228,631 tonnes of local authority collected (LAC) municipal waste in the last three months of 2016, according to figures recently released.

The figures are contained in the Provisional Northern Ireland LAC municipal waste management statistics published by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

This was a 0.6% decrease on the 230,089 tonnes collected during the same three months of 2015. Household waste accounts for 89.3% of total LAC municipal waste. Newry, Mourne & Down generated the smallest quantity of household waste per person at 97kg whilst the largest quantity per person was recorded in Antrim & Newtownabbey at 129kg.

The household waste preparing for reuse, dry recycling and composting rate was 42.1% between October and December 2016, an increase on the 40.1% recorded during the same three months of 2015. At council level, rates varied from 37.1% in Belfast to 49.9% in Mid Ulster.

The LAC municipal waste energy recovery rate was 19.7%, similar to the 19.3% recorded in the same quarter last year. The highest rate was recorded in Newry, Mourne & Down at 52.9% and the lowest was 2.6% in Fermanagh & Omagh.

The latest quarterly landfill rate for household waste was 38.3%, a further reduction on the 40.1% recorded during the same three months of 2015. There were 51,090 tonnes of BLACMW sent to landfill between October and December 2016. This was 7.2% lower than the 55,079 tonnes sent between the same three months of 2015. However, it did account for a similar proportion of the annual allowance, 19.4% between October and December 2016 compared to 19.9% in the equivalent quarter of 2015.