Provisional Northern Ireland local authority collected municipal waste management statistics for January to March 2022 have been published today by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
This statistical report is updated quarterly and contains provisional 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 229,396 tonnes of waste during January to March 2022, an 8.3% decrease compared to January to March 2021.
- During January to March 2022, 45.4% of waste collected by councils was sent for recycling, 1.1 % cent lower than the recycling rate for January to March 2021.
- The landfill rate for waste collected by councils was 25.2% in January to March 2022, a fall from 76.5% in January to March 2007, but similar to that recorded during January to March 2021.
- Over a quarter (27.7%) of waste arisings were sent for energy recovery in January to March 2022, higher than the 25.7% reported in January to March 2021, and an increase from the 1.2% rate during the same quarter in 2010.
- Household waste accounted for 87.3% of all waste collected during this period.
- The recycling rate for household waste was 45.8% in January to March 2022, lower than the 46.6% recorded during the same quarter of 2021. The landfill rate for household waste was 25.0%, similar to the rate recorded in January to March 2021.
Notes to editors:
1. This is the latest in a regular series of quarterly Northern Ireland local authority collected municipal waste management statistics reports and is the forth report for the 2021/22 financial year covering the period January to March 2022. 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.
2. All figures are provisional until the final end-year validation has been completed. An annual report with fully validated figures for 2021/22 is scheduled for November 2022.
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 four main sections in the report which covers local authority collected municipal waste and, where appropriate, household waste: arisings; reuse, dry recycling, composting; energy recovery; and landfill.
5. With the reform of local government in Northern Ireland 8 of the 11 district councils were split into two Waste Management Groups with 3 unaffiliated to any group as follows:
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.
8. All media queries should be directed to the DAERA Press Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.