Latest figures for recycling in Northern Ireland show a 2% rise councils’ household waste preparing for reuse, dry recycling and composting rate, compare to 40.1% recorded during the same three months of 2015.
At council level, rates varied from 37.1% in Belfast to 49.9% in Mid Ulster.
The latest provisional Northern Ireland local authority collected (LAC) municipal waste management statistics refer to October-December 2016.
The stats also show Northern Ireland’s councils collected 228,631 tonnes of LAC municipal waste in this period. This was a 0.6% decrease on the 230,089 tonnes collected during the same three months of 2015.
Household waste accounts for 89.3% of total LAC municipal waste. Newry, Mourne & Down generated the smallest quantity of household waste per person at 97kg whilst the largest quantity per person was recorded in Antrim & Newtownabbey at 129kg.
The LAC municipal waste energy recovery rate was 19.7%, similar to the 19.3% recorded in the same quarter last year. The highest rate was recorded in Newry, Mourne & Down at 52.9% and the lowest was 2.6% in Fermanagh & Omagh.
The latest quarterly landfill rate for household waste was 38.3%, a further reduction on the 40.1% recorded during the same three months of 2015.