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Revealed: Which part of Northern Ireland generates most waste and who is best at recycling?

Published 01/12/2016

The amount of waste sent to landfill in Northern Ireland has dropped to a record low.
The amount of waste sent to landfill in Northern Ireland has dropped to a record low.

People of Ards and North Down generated the most amount of household waste, latest government figures reveal.

In the 2015/16 financial year the Northern Ireland public generated almost 1million tonnes of waste, an increase of almost 2% on the previous year.

Belfast City Council bin lorries collected the most amount of waste, however, when factoring in the amount of waste per person, by council area, Ards and North Down householders were found to fill their bins the most.

On average every person in the Co Down council area binned 547kg of rubbish.

Of the 99,770 total tonnage of waste binned, 46,359tonnes was sent to landfill, representing just over 46%.

The Belfast public generated the smallest amount of rubbish, with each person dumping 418kg of rubbish in the year.

In terms of recycling, 42% of household waste was sent for reuse.

Mid Ulster topped the league tables with the highest percentage of waste recycled with almost half of all waste materials finding a new home.

While people living in Derry & Strabane City District Council area only managed to recycle a third of their waste.

Overall, however, the amount of waste sent to landfill reached a record low of 39.7% for across Northern Ireland.

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