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Landfill at lowest levels ever - Durkan

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today welcomed the fact that both household and local authority collected municipal landfill rates have decreased to their lowest levels ever at just over 50%.

These latest figures, for the period January to March 2013, both show over seven percentage point decreases compared to the same period in the previous year.

Further positive news came from an increase in the proportion of non compostable household and municipal waste sent for recycling which increased by 0.7 and 1.0 percentage points. Waste produced by householders also dropped significantly from 9,149 to 5,774 tonnes.

Commenting on the reduction Minister Durkan said: “The reduction in landfill to their lowest ever levels is welcome news. This is the first time we have reached the point where as much of our waste doesn’t go to landfill, as goes to landfill.

“I welcome also that the recycling rate for products that cannot be composted continue to increase. A partnership approach between Councils, householders and my Department is the only way forward to continue the good work which is still best summed up as Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

“I intend to continue to progress both the environmental and economic benefits by setting ourselves higher recycling targets to make more use of our resources and open up new business opportunities.

“As people embrace measures to reduce waste they benefit not only their local communities but also help address global climate change too, surely the best of both worlds.”

Notes to editors:

1. This is the sixteenth quarterly Northern Ireland Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste Management Statistics Reports and the third for the financial year 2012-13.

2. There are ten indicators covered in the Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste Management Statistics report, covering Local Authority Collected municipal waste, household waste and biodegradable municipal waste. The indicators have been calculated from the WasteDataFlow (WDF) system, which is used by all UK local authorities to report municipal waste.

3. Electronic copies of both reports are available at http://www.doeni.gov.uk/niea/municipal_data_reporting

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