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Less than half of all council waste now being sent to landfill

Stormont Executive press release - Department of the Environment

The provisional Northern Ireland Local Authority Collected (LAC) Municipal Waste Management Statistics April – June 2013 have been published today. 

The report reveals that under half (48.8%) of all LAC municipal waste was sent to landfill in the first quarter of 2013/14, the lowest quarterly landfill rate on record and indeed the first time the landfill rate has fallen below 50%. This represents a reduction of over six percentage points on the proportion landfilled in the equivalent quarter last year. The report also shows that the overall amount of LAC municipal waste arisings increased by under 1% when compared with the same period last year, from 238,695 tonnes to 240,569 tonnes.

The recycling and composting rate has risen, by over one percentage point, when compared with the same period of the previous year (from 40.9% to 42.1%). 

The data in this report is based on returns made to WasteDataFlow, which is a web based system, used by all UK local authorities to report LAC municipal waste.

Key points for April to June 2013 are:

Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste

· A total of 240,569 tonnes of local authority collected municipal waste were collected in Northern Ireland, an increase of 0.8% on the same period last year. 

· The percentage of local authority collected municipal waste was sent for recycling and composting was 42.1%. This was an increase of over one percentage point compared to the same period last year when 40.9% was recycled or composted.

· The percentage of local authority collected municipal waste sent to landfill was 48.8%. This was an improvement of 6.1 percentage points compared to the same period last year when 54.9% was sent to landfill.

· Of the three waste management groups, SWaMP2008 had the highest percentage of LAC municipal waste landfilled this quarter, at 50.6%. NWRWMG landfilled 49.6% and arc21 landfilled the lowest percentage of LAC municipal waste at 47.7%.

· Compostable waste accounted for 47.5% of all waste collected for recycling, and combined with paper and card (18.2%) these material types accounted for the majority of material collected for recycling.

Household Waste
· Local authority collected municipal waste includes household waste and waste collected from non-household sources. Of all local authority collected municipal waste in Northern Ireland, under 88% was household waste and over 12% was non-household waste.

· A total of 211,650 tonnes of household waste were collected in Northern Ireland, an increase of 0.9% on the same period last year.
· The percentage of household waste recycled or composted was 42.7%. This was similar to the corresponding period in the previous year (42.3%). Of all household waste collected, 21.2% was recycled and 21.5% was composted.

· Over 48% of household waste was sent to landfill, an improvement on the rate of under 54% sent to landfill during the same period in 2012/13.

· The population living in SWaMP2008 generated the least amount of household waste per person (112 kg); with the population living in arc21 generating the greatest amount (118 kg). The population living in NWRWMG generated 116 kg of household waste per person.

Biodegradable Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste

· The Landfill Allowance Scheme places a statutory responsibility on district councils to landfill no more than the quantity of biodegradable local authority collected municipal waste for which they have allowances. The allocation for 2013/14 is 305,714 tonnes, which is less than the 2012/13 allocation (320,000 tonnes).

· In the period April to June 2013, a total of 65,532 tonnes of biodegradable local authority collected municipal waste were sent to landfill, which equates to over 21% of the annual allocation, a reduction of 9.1% on the tonnage sent to landfill in the same quarter last year. 

Notes to editors:

1. This is the seventeenth Northern Ireland Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste Management Statistics Report and the first report for the 2013/14 financial year. It will continue to be updated quarterly.

2. Note that all figures are provisional until the final end-year validation has been completed. An annual report, with fully validated figures for 2012/13, will be published in November 2013, however this quarters validated figures will not be available until the annual report for 2013/14 is published in November 2014.

3. There are ten indicators covered in the report, covering local authority collected municipal waste, household waste, and biodegradable local authority collected municipal waste. The indicators have been calculated from the WasteDataFlow (WDF) system, which is used by all UK local authorities to report local authority collected municipal waste.

4. Northern Ireland is split into three waste management groups:
· arc21 - Antrim, Ards, Ballymena, Belfast, Carrickfergus, Castlereagh, Down, Larne, Lisburn, Newtownabbey, North Down.
· North West Regional Waste Management Group (NWRWMG) - Ballymoney, Coleraine, Derry, Limavady, Magherafelt, Moyle, Strabane.
· Southern Waste Management Partnership (SWaMP2008) - Armagh, Banbridge, Cookstown, Craigavon, Dungannon, Fermanagh, Newry and Mourne, Omagh.

5. Electronic copies of the ‘Northern Ireland Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste Management Statistics Report’ are available at: http://www.doeni.gov.uk/statistics.htmand http://www.doeni.gov.uk/niea/municipal_data_reporting.htm
 

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