Derry City Council has worst recycling record in Northern Ireland
Published 29/11/2013 | 00:00
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan admits he is disappointed that his home city has the worst council record for recycling in Northern Ireland.
In 2010-11 Derry City Council recycled just under a third of its waste, but the figure for 2012-13 is even worse – a mere 28.1%.
That's well below the Stormont target of 41% by March 2013.
The figures were released as part of a Department of the Environment report on waste collected by councils.
The good news is that the figure as a whole shows that the total amount of waste being picked up by our binmen has fallen to a new low of 913,546 tonnes in 2012-13 – down by 3.8% on 2011-12.
Of this, 38.7% was sent for recycling and composting, and 53.6% was sent to landfill, with 6.9% being sent for energy recovery.
Magherafelt again has the best recycling record, with 55.4% of its waste being recycled – but Derry is at the bottom of the table once more.
The minister (right) said more needs to be done.
"The reality is there is a target set by Europe that 50% of waste must be recycled by 2020 or there will be financial penalties," he said.
"This figure is extremely disappointing.
"This year, Derry showcased itself to the world as a wonderful place to visit and it is just as important to showcase itself as somewhere where the important issue of waste management and recycling is taken seriously."
Belfast City Council collected 15.8% of all household waste in 2012-13, mirroring the proportion of the population living in the city.
However, it also saw a drop of 2.9% in the total amount of rubbish collected.
Carrickfergus is the most improved council, although two have actually seen the amount of waste collected rise, with Down having the biggest increase – 3%.