Local authorities in Northern Ireland have collected published municipal waste management statistics

Provisional statistics on the management of municipal waste collected by local authorities in Northern Ireland for the period July to September 2021 have been released today by the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs ( DAERA).

This statistical report is updated quarterly and contains provisional information on the main measures of municipal waste collected by local authorities (LAC) for councils and waste management groups in Northern Ireland. This is the sixth quarterly waste report to include data from a period when measures and guidance were implemented in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The key points are:

  • Northern Ireland councils collected 275,759 tonnes of waste from July to September 2021, down 4.5% from July to September 2020.
  • From July to September 2021, 52.6% of waste collected by municipalities was sent for recycling, similar to the recycling rate from July to September 2020.
  • The landfill rate for waste collected by municipalities was 23.7% from July to September 2021, down from 71.8% from July to September 2006, but higher than the 21.6% recorded from July to September 2020.
  • Just over a fifth (21.5%) of waste scrap was sent for energy recovery from July to September 2021, less than the 23.0% reported from July to September 2020, but an increase from the rate 0.1% in the same quarter of 2009.
  • Household waste represents 88.7% of all waste collected during this period.
  • The household waste recycling rate was 53.0%, compared to 53.9% from July to September 2020. The household waste landfill rate was 23.5%, up from 21.1% by compared to the same quarter last year.

Notes to editors:

1. This is the latest in a regular series of quarterly reports on municipal waste management statistics collected by local authorities in Northern Ireland and the second report for the financial year 2021/22 covering the period July to September 2021. Current and previous reports dating back to 2009/10 can be accessed on the DAERA website. The series will continue to be updated on a quarterly basis.

2. All figures are provisional until final year-end validation is completed. An annual report with fully validated figures for 2021/22 is planned for November 2022.

3. The data in this report is based on feedback to WasteDataFlow, which is a web-based system used by all UK local authorities to report municipal waste from LAC.

4. The report has four main sections covering municipal waste collected by local authorities and, where relevant, household waste: discharges; reuse, dry recycling, composting; energy recovery; and discharge.

5. With local government reform in Northern Ireland, eight of the 11 district councils have been split into two waste management groups, three of which are unaffiliated to either group as follows:

  • arc21: Antrim and Newtown Abbey; Ards and North Down, Belfast, Lisburn and Castlereagh; Central and East Antrim; Newry, Morne & Down.
  • North West Regional Waste Management Group: Causeway Coast & Glens; City of Derry and Strabane

6. These statistics are published in accordance with the Statement of Compliance with the Official Statistics (NI) Pre-release Access Order 2009. National statistics meet the highest standards of reliability, quality and public value . They undergo regular quality assurance reviews to ensure they meet customer needs. They are produced free from political interference.

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8. All media inquiries should be directed to the DAERA press office.

9. The Executive Information Service provides an after-hours service for media inquiries only between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and weekends and holidays. The permanent press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.

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Melissa C. Keyes