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Revealed: Northern Ireland council area where every person binned 149kg in rubbish

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.

Residents of the Antrim and Newtownabbey area bin more waste than any other council area in Northern Ireland, newly published statistics reveal.

Between July and September 2018, people in the area threw away an average of 149kg of waste, while Belfast had the smallest quantity of household rubbish per person at 107kg.

Northern Ireland's councils collected 256,157 tonnes of waste during this period, 1.5% lower than the 260,024 tonnes collected during the same three months last year.

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

The household waste preparing for reuse, dry recycling and composting rate was 51.8% between July and September 2018, an increase on the 51.2% recorded during the same three months of 2017.

At council level, rates varied from 45.3% in Belfast to 58.8% in Antrim & Newtownabbey.

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

  • Antrim & Newtownabbey - 149kg per person
  • Causeway Coast & Glens - 140kg per person
  • Mid Ulster- 133kg per person
  • Mid & East Antrim- 129kg per person
  • Ards & North Down - 127kg per person
  • Lisburn & Castlereagh - 127kg per person
  • Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon - 119kg per person
  • Derry City & Strabane - 117kg per person
  • Fermanagh & Omagh - 112kg per person
  • Newry, Mourne and Down- 110kg per person
  • Belfast - 107kg per person

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 municipal waste energy recovery rate  was 19.7%, an increase on the 18.6% reported for July to September 2017.

The highest rate was recorded in Newry, Mourne & Down at 46.8% and the lowest was 5.2% in Ards & North Down.   

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