Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Council moves up recycling league table

Castlereagh Borough Council is seventh in the league of recycling councils.

Castlereagh’s recycling and composting rates have increased by over 17% from 2005/06 and during the first quarter of 2010/11 the council had the seventh highest municipal waste recycling and composting rate (43%) of all NI councils as well as the sixth lowest percentage of municipal waste landfilled (56.2%).

Councillor Gareth Robinson, chair of the council's technical and environmental services committee, thanked residents for their support. “When you consider the council had a recycling rate of around 5% in 2002/03 we have come a long way, now ranking among the top performing councils in Northern Ireland.”

He said there were further targets to be met and that in 2009/10 council spent almost £1.2m on landfill. When you consider it can cost as much as £56 per tonne extra to landfill waste as opposed to recycling it, the financial case for increasing recycling efforts should not be under-estimated.”

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