Northern Ireland local authority collected municipal waste management statistics released

Date published: 20 October 2016

Provisional Northern Ireland local authority collected municipal waste management statistics for April to June 2016 have been published today by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

DARD statistics

This statistical report is updated quarterly and contains information on key measurements of local authority collected (LAC) municipal waste for councils and waste management groups in Northern Ireland. It is available on the DAERA website.

The key points are:

  • Northern Ireland’s councils collected 262,883 tonnes of LAC municipal waste between April and June 2016. This was a 3.5% increase on the 254,007 tonnes collected during the same three months of 2015. Household waste accounts for 88.1% of total LAC municipal waste. Belfast generated the smallest quantity of household waste per person at 110kg whilst the largest quantities per person were recorded in Ards & North Down (151kg per person) and Antrim & Newtownabbey (149kg per person).
  • The household waste preparing for reuse, dry recycling and composting rate was 46.4% between April and June 2016. This was an increase on the 44.9% recorded during the same three months of 2015. At council level, rates varied from 55.3% in Mid Ulster to 39.6% in Derry City & Strabane. 
  • The LAC municipal waste energy recovery rate was 16.0%, an increase of 1.4 percentage points on the April to June 2015 rate of 14.6%. The highest rate was recorded in Newry, Mourne & Down at 43.1%. The lowest rates were 3.2% recorded in Lisburn & Castlereagh and 3.6% in Fermanagh & Omagh.
  • The household waste landfill rate was 37.0%, a further reduction on the 40.1% recorded during the same three months of 2015. There were 52,373 tonnes of BLACMW sent to landfill between April and June 2016. This was 6.0% lower than the 55,711 tonnes sent between the same three months of 2015. However, it did account for a similar proportion of the annual allowance.

Further Information

The statistical report containing more detail can be accessed via the DAERA website.

Notes to editors: 

  1. This is the latest in a regular series of quarterly Northern Ireland local authority collected municipal waste management statistics report and is the first report for the 2016/17 financial year covering the period April to June 2016. Current and previous reports dating back to 2009/10 can be access from the DAERA website. The series will continue to be updated on a quarterly basis. 
  2. All figures are provisional until the final end-year validation has been completed. An annual report with fully validated figures for 2016/17 is scheduled for November 2017.
  3. 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.
  4. There are five main sections in the report which covers local authority collected municipal waste and, where appropriate, household waste: arisings; reuse, dry recycling, composting; energy recovery; landfill; and biodegradable landfill.
  5. The 26 district councils covered by previous reports were reorganised into 11 new councils from 1 April 2015. This is the fifth release of waste data collected on an 11 council basis. During this period in Northern Ireland 8 of the 11 district councils were split into two Waste Management Groups with 3 unaffiliated to any group. 

    arc21: Antrim & Newtownabbey; Ards & North Down; Belfast; Lisburn & Castlereagh; Mid & East Antrim; Newry, Mourne & Down.

    North West Regional Waste Management Group: Causeway Coast & Glens; Derry City & Strabane.

  6. These statistics are released according to the Statement of Compliance with the Pre-release access to Official Statistics Order (NI) 2009. National Statistics meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and public value. They undergo regular quality assurance reviews to ensure that they meet customer needs. They are produced free from any political interference.
  7. All media queries should be directed to the DAERA Press Office on 028 9052 4619 or email DAERA Press Office: Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07623 974 383 and your call will returned.
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