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Derry Council worst in province for recycling, according to new report

By Donna Deeney

Derry City Council sent more waste to landfill than any other council in Northern Ireland.

A report shows DCC is recycling a mere 30% of its waste and this year the amount sent to landfill was greater than last year.

Published this week, the NI Municipal Waste Management statistics Annual Report shows Derry is falling far below the recommended level of 50% by 2013. But the council insists it is committed to achieving EU and national waste targets.

A spokeswoman said: “During 2010/11, council landfilled approx 2,400 tonnes less than permitted allowance.

“The council has set in place a range of measures aimed at further reducing waste to landfill and increase recycling rates.

“Council had introduced additional materials to the blue bin collection scheme including glass, textiles and tetra packs and introduced 15,000 composting bins across the council area.

“The council works in close partnership with other member councils of the North West Region Waste Management Group to bring forward additional projects to enhance recycling provision.”

Neighbouring councils have a much better record of recyling, Magherfelt tops the list with 50% which Limavady has currently achieved a recycling rate of 35%.

Councillor Shaun Gallagher, chair of the Environmental Services Committee on Derry City Council described the figures as a “blip”.

He added: “The bad weather had a detrimental effect on the figures because people could not get out to recycle and a lot of stuff that should have gone into the blue bins ended up in the grey bins but I am not unduly concerned about these figures, I see them as a blip and I am confident that our figure for next year will be well up.”

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