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Revealed: Northern Ireland council area binning most waste

New figures have shown householders in Antrim & Newtownabbey bin more waste than any other council area in Northern Ireland.
New figures have shown householders in Antrim & Newtownabbey bin more waste than any other council area in Northern Ireland.

New figures show residents of the Antrim & Newtownabbey area bin more waste than any other council area in Northern Ireland.

Between October and December 2018 people in the region threw away an average of 133kg of waste.

Residents in Newry, Mourne and Down produced the smallest quantity of household waste per person at 98kg.

The figures come from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) as part of a quarterly update on waste management.

Lisburn and Castlereagh, with 118kg of waste per person, placed second for the council areas with the most individual household waste.

Derry City and Strabane and Causeway Coast and Glens came in joint third with 116kg per person.

The figures take into account both of household waste sent to landfill - waste put into the black bin - and waste disposed of going towards reuse, dry recycling or composting - anything put into recycling and food waste bins.

Figures showed 230,942 tonnes of waste was collected in Northern Ireland during this period, down from 232,012 tonnes during the same three months in 2017.

One key metric recorded by DAERA is the municipal waste energy recovery rate, a figure which tracks the amount of value gained from waste products when they are converted into energy.

The highest energy rate recovered was in Newry, Mourne & Down at 47.4% and the lowest was 5% in Ards and North Down.

Northern Ireland's council districts ranked most to least for household waste per capita:

Antrim & Newtownabbey: 133kg

Lisburn & Castlereagh: 118kg

Causeway Coast and Glens: 116kg

Derry City and Strabane: 116kg

Mid Ulster: 115kg

Ards & North Down: 112kg

Fermanagh & Omagh: 108kg

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon: 108kg

Mid & East Antrim: 108kg

Belfast: 101kg

Newry, Mourne & Down: 98kg

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