Revealed: Northern Ireland area that produces most waste
Ratepayers in one Northern Ireland council area are the region's biggest 'wasters' for the second quarter in a row, new figures have revealed.
The province's 11 local authorities disposed of 226,883 tonnes of household waste in the first three months of 2017, according to figures.
The statistics released by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEARA) show that the figure was down very marginally from 227,615 tonnes collected in the same period in 2016.
Household waste accounts for the vast bulk (89.1%) of all local authority-collected waste across the country.
The largest quantity of waste per person was 126kg in the Antrim and Newtownabbey council area.
The lowest amount per person, 101kg, was in the Newry and Mourne district.
There was also a slight improvement in the amount of household waste for reuse, dry recycling and composting.
The rate between January and March this year stands at 39.7%, while in the same time frame in 2016 it stood at 38.2%.
At council level, rates varied from 34.2% in Lisburn and Castlereagh, to 45.2% in both Mid Ulster and Fermanagh and Omagh.
The council waste energy recovery rate across the province was 20.6% compared to 21.1% in the first quarter of last year.
The highest rate for this was again recorded in Newry and Mourne and stood at 56.1%, while the lowest rate was in Fermanagh and Omagh at 3.5%.
The latest figure on household waste sent to landfill is 39.2% compared to 40.4% in early 2016 when 56,605 tonnes of waste was created in Northern Ireland's homes.
Between January and March this year, 54,633 tonnes were sent, representing a reduction of 3.5%.
This is the eighth data release on the 11-council system following the reduction of local authorities from 26 via the Review of Public Administration, which came into effect on April 1, 2015.
At that point, eight of the 11 district councils were split into two waste management groups, with the remaining three unaffiliated.
Data in the report is based on returns sent to WasteDataFlow, a web-based system used by all of the local authorities in the UK.