More Municipal Waste Being Collected

Northern Ireland’s councils collected 267,013 tonnes of LAC municipal waste between July and September 2016, according to the latest figures issued by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

This was a 3.7% increase on the 257,445 tonnes collected during the same three months of 2015.

Household waste accounts for 89.0% of total LAC municipal waste.  Fermanagh & Omagh generated the smallest quantity of household waste per person at 110kg whilst the largest quantity per person was recorded in Antrim & Newtownabbey (152kg).

municipal-waste-2The household waste preparing for reuse, dry recycling and composting rate was 48.5% between July and September 2016, an increase on the 45.3% recorded during the same three months of 2015. At council level, rates varied from 40.9% in Belfast to 55.1% in Mid Ulster.

The LAC municipal waste energy recovery rate was 17.8%, an increase of 1.6 percentage points on the July to September 2015 rate of 16.2%.  The highest rate was recorded in Newry, Mourne & Down at 50.7% and the lowest was 2.8% in Fermanagh & Omagh.

The latest quarterly landfill rate for household waste only was 33.4%, a further reduction on the 38.2% recorded during the same three months of 2015.  There were 46,162 tonnes of BLACMW sent to landfill between July and September 2016. This was 10.2% lower than the 51,422 tonnes sent between the same three months of 2015 and accounted for less of the annual allowance, 17.6% between July and September 2016 compared to 18.6% in the same quarter of 2015.