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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 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, new figures reveal.

Between April and June of 2018, people in the area threw away an average of 160kg of waste, while Belfast had the smallest quantity of household rubbish per person at 115kg.

Northern Ireland's councils collected 273,200 tonnes of waste during this period, 3.8% higher than the 263,167 tonnes collected during the same three months of 2017. Household bin bags accounted for 89.1% of total municipal waste.

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 52.6% between April and June 2018, an increase on the 50.0% recorded during the same three months of 2017.

At council level, rates varied from 45.2% in Derry City & Strabane to 59.7% in Mid Ulster.

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

  • Antrim & Newtownabbey - 160kg per person
  • Ards & North Down - 142kg per person
  • Causeway Coast & Glens - 139kg per person
  • Lisburn & Castlereagh - 138kg per person
  • Mid Ulster- 137kg per person
  • Mid & East Antrim- 130kg per person
  • Derry City & Strabane - 129kg per person
  • Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon - 129kg per person
  • Newry, Mourne and Down- 119kg per person
  • Fermanagh & Omagh - 116kg per person
  • Belfast - 115kg 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 17.1%, similar to the 17.6% reported for April to June 2017.

The highest rate was recorded in Newry, Mourne and Down at 41.5% and the lowest was 4.8% in Ards and North Down.

The latest quarterly landfill rate for household waste was 27.9%, a further reduction on the 32.2% recorded during the same three months of 2017.

There were 38,783 tonnes of biodegradable local authority collected municipal waste sent to landfill between April and June 2018.

This was 10.1% lower than the 43,127 tonnes sent between the same three months of 2017.

It also accounted for a smaller proportion of the annual allowance, 16.6% between April and June 2018 compared to 17.3% in the equivalent quarter of 2017.

Northern Ireland's council district ranked from the highest energy recovery to the least:

  • Newry, Mourne and Down- 41.5%
  • Derry City and Strabane- 26.7%
  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon- 25.6%
  • Belfast- 18.3%
  • Causeway Coast and Glens- 16.6%
  • Mid Ulster- 15%
  • Antrim and Newtownabbey- 12.6%
  • Mid and East Antrim- 7.4%
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh- 7.1%
  • Fermanagh and Omagh- 6.4%
  • Ards and North Down- 4.8%

Belfast Telegraph