24/07/2014

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.

(IT/CD)

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