NI Landfill Waste At All-Time Low

The amount of waste going to landfill in Northern Ireland is at an all-time low, according to figures released by the Department of the Environment.

The tonnage of Local Authority Collected (LAC) municipal waste going to landfill fell to 103,262 during January - March 2014, indicating a drop of neatly 2% on the same quarter in 2013, when 105,290 tonnes were landfilled.

Household waste landfilled and recycled/composted showed similar trends. The total tonnage of household waste sent to landfill over the period was 90,070 tonnes, down over 2% compared with last year (92,391 tonnes). 37% of household waste was recycled or composted, indicating an increase of 1% on the same period in 2013.

In total 62,641 tonnes of biodegradable LAC municipal waste were sent to landfill during the quarter, indicating a 2.2% drop on the same quarter last year (64,082 tonnes).

This equated to 20.5% of the annual allocation. To date, between April 2013 and March 2014, 82.5% of the annual allocation has been used.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

16 February 2015
£132k To Prevent Food Waste In L'Derry
A £132,000 grant from the Department of the Environment's Rethink Waste Fund has been approved to help prevent food waste in L'Derry. The money has been provided through the Department's Rethink Waste Fund, supports the Food Waste Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 to divert food waste away from landfill and into recycling.
21 July 2011
Waste Recycling Rise Welcomed
Waste management and handling is in focus this week with the latest edition of the Northern Ireland Municipal Waste Management Statistics being published - recording a rise in recycling.
06 March 2020
Belfast Residents Call For Cycle-Friendly Infrastructure
Belfast residents want more measures to promote cycling in the city, the latest Bike Like report has revealed. Some 77% of residents say they would cycle more if the city's infrastructure provided more bike lanes that are separated from traffic and pedestrians. Just two miles of protected cycling space currently exists in Belfast.
16 June 2011
Belfast Focuses On Giant's Park
A major conference was taking place in Belfast this week which looked at the regeneration and development of Giant's Park - the former Dargan Road landfill site. Belfast City Council hosted the SufalNet4EU Conference which brought around 70 delegates from ten European member states to the city.
13 January 2005
Record fine imposed for illegal landfill site
The highest fine ever imposed in Northern Ireland for an environmental offence has been levied against an illegal landfill site located in Co. Down. Fines totalling £22,000 have been imposed on Neil Rooney, the operator of an illegal landfill site at Ballytrustan Road in Downpatrick.