The Northern Ireland Landfill Rates Continue To Fall

Latest statistics reveal that just over half, 50.4 per cent of local authority collected municipal waste was sent to landfill. (Photo: Bildpixel  / pixelio.de)

This is an improvement of just over seven percentage points when compared with the same period of the previous year (57.6 %). During this period, the proportion of local authority collected municipal waste sent for recycling and composting increased by three percentage points from 35.8 to 38.7%. The data in this report are based on returns made to WasteDataFlow, which is a web based system used by all UK local authorities to report LAC municipal waste.

Commenting on the figures, Northern Ireland Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan said: “The continued decrease in landfilled waste is important. Together with the continued increase in the recycling and composting rate, this shows that as a society we are making more use of what must be viewed as resources and not waste.” The percentage of household waste recycled or composted was 39.2 per cent. This was an increase of almost three percentage points compared with the same period last year when 36.2 per cent was recycled or composted. Whilst the total amount of LAC municipal waste arisings (217,265 tonnes) remained similar to the amount in October to December 2012 (216,987 tonnes), the non household element of this (24,430 tonnes) decreased by 6.0 per cent when compared with the same quarter last year (25,982 tonnes). The household element showed an increase of one per cent from 191,005 tonnes in October to December 2012 to 192,835 tonnes this quarter.

Key points for October to December 2013

Local authority collected municipal waste:

  • A total of 217,265 tonnes of local authority collected municipal waste were collected in Northern Ireland which is broadly similar to the same quarter last year when 216,987 tonnes were collected.
  • The proportion of local authority collected municipal waste sent for recycling and composting (38.7 %) has increased by 3.0 percentage points compared with the same period last year (35.8 %).
  • Just over half, 50.4 per cent of local authority collected municipal waste was sent to landfill. This was an improvement of 7.2 percentage points compared with the same period last year when 57.6 per cent was sent to landfill.

Household waste:

  • The percentage of household waste recycled or composted was 39.2 per cent. This was an increase of 2.9 percentage points compared with the same period last year when 36.2 per cent was recycled or composted. Of all household waste collected 22.8 per cent was recycled and 16.4 per cent was composted.
  • Half (50.0 %) of household waste was sent to landfill, an improvement of 7.0 percentage points on the rate of 57.0 per cent sent to landfill during the same period in 2012/13.
  • Household kerbside capture rates for the primary waste categories ranged from a high of 55.4 per cent for paper and card to a low of 1.2 per cent for Waste Electronic & Electrical Equipment (WEEE). The capture rates for glass and organic/compostable waste have seen notable improvements when compared with the same quarter of the previous year. These increased by 6.5 and 5.5 percentage points respectively.

Biodegradable waste:

  • In total 63,716 tonnes of biodegradable LAC municipal waste were sent to landfill during this quarter, 14.0 per cent less than the same quarter last year. This equated to 20.8 per cent of the annual allocation. To date, between April and December 2013, 61.4 per cent of the annual allocation has been used.

Electronic copies of the latest “Northern Ireland Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste Management Statistics Report” are available at the Northern Ireland Environment Agency Website: www.doeni.gov.uk

Source: Northern Ireland Executive

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