Council waste landfill rate reaches new low
Stormont Executive press release - Department of the Environment
The provisional Northern Ireland Local Authority Collected (LAC) Municipal Waste Management Statistics January – March 2013 are published today.
The report reveals that just over half (50.2%) of all LAC municipal waste was sent to landfill in the final quarter of 2013/14, the lowest quarterly figure on record. This represents a reduction of approaching 9 percentage points on the proportion landfilled in the equivalent quarter last year. The report also shows that the overall amount of LAC municipal waste arisings decreased by around 6% when compared with the same period last year, from 223,376 tonnes to 210,728 tonnes.
However, for the first time in recent years, the recycling and composting rate has fallen, by one percentage point, when compared with the same period of the previous year (from 36.4% to 35.4%). This was driven by a considerable fall of over one-fifth (22%) in the amount of LAC municipal waste sent for composting during January to March when compared to the equivalent quarter in 2011/12.
The data in this report are based on returns made to WasteDataFlow, which is a web based system, used by all UK local authorities to report LAC municipal waste.
Key points for January to March 2013 are:
Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste
· A total of 210,728 tonnes of local authority collected municipal waste were collected in Northern Ireland, a decrease of 5.7% on the same period last year.
· The percentage of local authority collected municipal waste was sent for recycling and composting was 35.4%. This was a reduction of one percentage point compared to the same period last year when 36.4% was recycled or composted.
· The percentage of local authority collected municipal waste sent to landfill was 50.2%. This was an improvement of 8.6 percentage points compared to the same period last year when 58.8% was sent to landfill.
· Of the three waste management groups, SWaMP2008 had the highest percentage of LAC municipal waste landfilled this quarter, at 56.4%. arc21 landfilled 51.4% and NWRWMG landfilled the lowest percentage of LAC municipal waste at 42.1%.
· Compostable waste accounted for 29.5% of all waste collected for recycling, and combined with paper and card (26.6%) these material types accounted for the majority of material collected for recycling.
· Local authority collected municipal waste includes household waste and waste collected from non-household sources. Of all local authority collected municipal waste in Northern Ireland, under 88% was household waste and over 12% was non-household waste.
· A total of 184,613 tonnes of household waste were collected in Northern Ireland, a decrease of 4.7% on the same period last year.
· The percentage of household waste recycled or composted was 36.1%. This was a decrease of 1.8 percentage points on the rate from the corresponding period in the previous year. Of all household waste collected over 25% was recycled and under 11% was composted.
· Just over 50% of household waste was sent to landfill, an improvement on the rate of over 57% sent to landfill during the same period in 2011/12.
· The population living in SWaMP2008 generated the least amount of household waste per person (100 kg); with the population living in NWRWMG generating the greatest amount (104 kg). The population living in arc21 generated 102 kg of household waste per person.
Biodegradable Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste
· The Landfill Allowance Scheme places a statutory responsibility on district councils to landfill no more than the quantity of biodegradable local authority collected municipal waste for which they have allowances. The allocation for 2012/13 is 320,000 tonnes, which is less than the 2011/12 allocation (465,950 tonnes).
· In the period January to March 2013, a total of 65,035 tonnes of biodegradable local authority collected municipal waste were sent to landfill, which equates to over 20% of the annual allocation, a reduction of 16.6% on the tonnage sent to landfill in the same quarter last year.
Notes to editors:
1. This is the sixteenth Northern Ireland Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste Management Statistics Report and the fourth report for the 2012/13 financial year. It will continue to be updated quarterly.
2. Note that all figures are provisional until the final end-year validation has been completed. An annual report, with fully validated figures for 2012/13, will be published in November 2013.
3. There are ten indicators covered in the report, covering local authority collected municipal waste, household waste, and biodegradable local authority collected municipal waste. The indicators have been calculated from the WasteDataFlow (WDF) system, which is used by all UK local authorities to report local authority collected municipal waste.
4. Northern Ireland is split into three waste management groups:
· arc21 - Antrim, Ards, Ballymena, Belfast, Carrickfergus, Castlereagh, Down, Larne, Lisburn, Newtownabbey, North Down.
· North West Regional Waste Management Group (NWRWMG) - Ballymoney, Coleraine, Derry, Limavady, Magherafelt, Moyle, Strabane.
· Southern Waste Management Partnership (SWaMP2008) - Armagh, Banbridge, Cookstown, Craigavon, Dungannon, Fermanagh, Newry and Mourne, Omagh.
5. Electronic copies of the ‘Northern Ireland Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste Management Statistics Report’ are available at: http://www.doeni.gov.uk/statistics.htm and http://www.doeni.gov.uk/niea/municipal_data_reporting.htm
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