Belfast Telegraph

Home recycling rates increase

By Anthony Finnegan

Recycling rates in homes across Belfast, Newtownabbey, Castlereagh and North Down & Ards reached a record high in 2008/09, according to figures released last week.

The waste umbrella group arc21, which covers 11 councils in the east of the country, revealed the figures in its annual report.

The report found that on comparing the period 2007/08 to 2008/09: Belfast City Council waste recycling rates increased from 23.2 percent to 26.3 percent; Ards Borough Council’s increased from 27.6 percent to 33.9 percent; North Down Borough Council rates increased from 38.1 percent to 40.4 percent; Newtownabbey Borough Council’s increased from 30.3 percent to 34.9 percent, and; Castlereagh Borough Council’s recycling rates increased from 37.7 percent to 38.1 percent.

Mr Hubert Nicholl, arc 21's chairman, said: “These are great figures which put the arc21 region on track to reach a recycling rate of at least 50 percent by 2020.

“Congratulations are due to the public for their positive response to the ‘3Rs' message of ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle', but more still needs to be done.

“arc21 is working in partnership with its member councils to provide the infrastructure and facilities needed to help the public recycle more.

“Last year, for example, we collectively entered into a 15-year contract that will give people the opportunity to recycle organic waste such as kitchen scraps.”

arc 21's report further revealed that the amount of annual waste generated by the average household fell by seven percent to under 1.2 tonne, and that the total amount of municipal waste being sent to landfills fell by seven percent from 29,000 tonnes to just over 384,000 tonnes.

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