3 December 2018 by Elizabeth Slow

Northern Ireland reports rising recycling rate

The percentage of local authority collected household waste recycled, reused, or composted in Northern Ireland jumped by 3.7 percentage points to 48.1% in 2017/18, latest figures have suggested.

The 48.1% recycling and composting rate compares to a rate of 44.3% for the previous year.

The recycling rate for local authority collected household waste in Northern Ireland jumped to 48.1% in 2017/18

Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs outlined the figures last week, which showed that the 11 Northern Irish councils collected a total of 977,817 tonnes of municipal waste over the financial year.

This was a 0.8% decrease on the 985,994 tonnes collected Northern Ireland’s local authorities in 2016/17. Household waste accounted for 89.4% of the total tonnage.


In terms of waste per household, Belfast generated the smallest amount per person at 425kg, whilst Antrim & Newtownabbey recorded the largest at 548kg per person.

The lowest household recycling rate was recorded in Causeway Coast & Glens at 42.2%, similar to the rate recorded last year. Mid Ulster had the highest recycling rate at 54.3%, an increase of 2.7 percentage points on 2016/17.

Source: DAERA

According to the report, Belfast city council had the greatest municipal waste arisings in 2017/18 with 169,368 tonnes. Derry City & Strabane reported the largest increase in their LAC municipal waste arisings compared with last year, increasing by 4.3%.

In 2017/18, 46.7% of LAC municipal waste was recycled, reused or composted, energy recovery accounted for 18.4%, while 32.6% was sent to landfill.

The news for Northern Ireland follows the publication of the Welsh results for recycling last month. The data showed that the recycling rate for local authority collected waste in Wales fell for the first time in two decades for 2017/18 (see letsrecycle.com story). England’s recycling results are expected later this year.

Related link
DAERA municipal waste management 2017/18 report


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