Northern Ireland local authority collected 977,817 tonnes of LAC municipal waste in 2017-18, down 0.8% from year ago

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Northern Ireland local authority collected 977,817 tonnes of LAC municipal waste in 2017-18, down 0.8% from year ago

December 04, 2018 - 05:05
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BELFAST, UK, Nov. 29, 2018 (Press Release) -The 2017/18 Northern Ireland local authority collected municipal waste management annual statistics report has been published today by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

This statistical report is updated annually and contains information on key measurements of local authority collected (LAC) municipal waste for councils and waste management groups in Northern Ireland.

The key points are:

  • Northern Ireland’s councils collected 977,817 tonnes of LAC municipal waste. This was a 0.8% decrease on the 985,994 tonnes collected in 2016/17. Household waste accounted for 89.4% of total LAC municipal waste. Belfast generated the smallest amount of household waste per person at 425 kg whilst Antrim & Newtownabbey recorded the largest at 548 kg per person.
  • In 2017/18, 48.1% of household waste was sent for preparing for reuse, dry recycling and composting, 3.7 percentage points higher than the 2016/17 rate of 44.3%. At council level, rates varied from 42.2% in Causeway Coast & Glens to 54.3% in Mid Ulster.
  • The LAC municipal waste energy recovery rate was 18.4% in 2017/18, similar to the 18.5% recorded in 2016/17. Newry, Mourne & Down had the highest energy recovery rate in 2017/18 at 49.5% whilst the lowest was 5.5% in Fermanagh & Omagh.
  • The landfill rate for household waste only recorded a new low of 32.0% in 2017/18, a drop of 4.7 percentage points on the 2016/17 rate (36.7%) and a fall from 72.3% in 2006/07.
  • There were 171,295 tonnes of biodegradable LAC municipal waste (BLACMW) sent to landfill during 2017/18, 16.2% lower than the 204,380 tonnes sent in 2016/17. In 2017/18, BLACMW sent to landfill equated to 69% of the annual allowance allocated for that year under the Northern Ireland Landfill Allowance Scheme, lower than the proportion of the 2016/17 allowance used (78%) during the previous year.