Provisional Northern Ireland local authority collected municipal waste management statistics for January to March 2017 have been published by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.
Northern Ireland’s councils collected 226,883 tonnes of LAC municipal waste between January and March 2017. This was similar to the 227,615 tonnes collected during the same three months of 2016.
Household waste accounts for 89.1% of total LAC municipal waste. Newry, Mourne & Down generated the smallest quantity of household waste per person at 101kg whilst the largest quantity per person was recorded in Antrim & Newtownabbey at 126kg.
The household waste preparing for reuse, dry recycling and composting rate was 39.7% between January and March 2017, an increase on the 38.2% recorded during the same three months of 2016. At council level, rates varied from 34.2% in Lisburn & Castlereagh to 45.2% in both Mid Ulster and Fermanagh & Omagh.
The LAC municipal waste energy recovery rate was 20.6%, similar to the 21.1% recorded in the same quarter last year. The highest rate was recorded in Newry, Mourne & Down at 56.1% and the lowest was 3.5% in Fermanagh & Omagh.
The latest quarterly landfill rate for household waste was 39.2%, a further reduction on the 40.4% recorded during the same three months of 2016. There were 54,633 tonnes of BLACMW sent to landfill between January and March 2017. This was 3.5% lower than the 56,605 tonnes sent between the same three months of 2016.
However, it did account for a similar proportion of the annual allowance, 20.8% between January and March 2017 compared to 20.4% in the equivalent quarter of 2016.