Northern Ireland local authority collected municipal waste management statistics released

Date published: 24 January 2019

Provisional Northern Ireland local authority collected municipal waste management statistics for July to September 2018 have been published today by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

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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.

The key points are:

  • Northern Ireland’s councils collected 256,157 tonnes of LAC municipal waste between July and September 2018, 1.5% lower than the 260,024 tonnes collected during the same three months of 2017. Household waste accounted for 89.3% of total LAC municipal waste. Belfast had the smallest quantity of household waste per person at 107kg, whilst the largest quantity per person was recorded in Antrim & Newtownabbey at 149kg.
  • 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.
  • The LAC 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.    
  • The latest quarterly landfill rate for household waste is 28.2%, a further reduction on the 29.9% recorded during the same three months of 2017.
  • There were 36,070 tonnes of biodegradable local authority collected municipal waste (BLACMW) sent to landfill between July and September 2018. This was 6.5% lower than the 38,575 tonnes sent between the same three months of 2017, although it accounted for a similar proportion of the annual allowance, 15.4% between July and September 2018 compared to 15.5% in the equivalent quarter of 2017.

 

Notes to editors: 

  1. Download the Northern Ireland local authority collected municipal waste management statistics for July to September 2018
  2. This is the latest in a regular series of quarterly Northern Ireland local authority collected municipal waste management statistics report and is the second report for the 2018/19 financial year covering the period July to September 2018. Current and previous reports dating back to 2009/10 can be accessed from the DAERA website.  The series will continue to be updated on a quarterly basis.
  3. All figures are provisional until the final end-year validation has been completed. An annual report with fully validated figures for 2018/19 is scheduled for 28 November 2019.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The 26 district councils covered by previous reports were reorganised into 11 new councils from 1 April 2015. This is the thirteenth 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.

  1. 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.
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