New Environment Minister hails all-time low in waste sent to landfill
The level of rubbish ending up in landfill across Northern Ireland has dropped to its lowest level ever.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan (right) welcomed the fact that both household and council-collected municipal landfill rates have decreased to the level of just over 50%.
Figures covering January to March this year show a drop of 7% on the same time last year.
They also showed that the amount of non-compostable household waste sent for recycling went up by 0.7% while municipal waste increased by 1%.
Waste produced by householders also dropped significantly from 9,149 to 5,774 tonnes.
Mr Durkan said: "The reduction in landfill to their lowest ever levels is welcome news. This is the first time we have reached the point where as much of our waste doesn't go to landfill as goes to landfill.
"I welcome also that the recycling rate for products that cannot be composted continue to increase. A partnership approach between councils, householders and my department is the only way forward to continue the good work which is still best summed up as 'reduce, reuse, recycle'.
"I intend to continue to progress both the environmental and economic benefits by setting ourselves higher recycling targets to make more use of our resources and open up new business opportunities.
"As people embrace measures to reduce waste they benefit not only their local communities but also help address global climate change too, surely the best of both worlds."