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Northern Ireland sees increase in municipal waste

Northern Ireland’s councils collected 250,228 tonnes of waste during January to March 2021 which was 11.0 per cent higher than the same three months in 2020, according to provisional local authority collected municipal waste management statistics.

During January to March 2021, 46.7 per cent of waste collected by councils was sent for recycling, 1.3 per cent higher than the recycling rate for January to March 2020.

The landfill rate for waste collected by councils was 25.0 per cent in January to March 2021, a fall from 76.5 per cent in January to March 2007, and similar to the 24.8 per cent recorded during January to March 2020.

More than a quarter (25.5 per cent) of waste arisings were sent for energy recovery in January to March 2021, compared to 26.9 per cent in January to March 2020, and 1.2 per cent during the same quarter in 2010.

Household waste accounted for 89.3 per cent of all waste collected during this period.

The recycling rate for household waste was 46.7 per cent, up from 46.0 per cent in January to March 2020.

The landfill rate for household waste was 25.2 per cent, an increase from 24.7 per cent compared to the same quarter last year.

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