Recycling in Northern Ireland

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Recycling in Northern Ireland

In recent years ever greater efforts have been made in Northern Ireland to divert waste from landfill through recycling. Currently Northern Ireland's 26 local councils have statutory responsibility for the collection and disposal of waste, and as such are the lead actors in promoting recycling. Since 2000, when the Northern Ireland Department of the Environment published its first Waste Management Strategy, these 26 councils have come together to form three separate subregional waste management partnerships: arc21 (consisting of 11 councils in the east of Northern Ireland),[1] the Northwest Region Waste Management Group,[2] and SWaMP (the Southern Waste Management Partnership).[3]

In the original 2000 Waste Management Strategy, district councils were set the target of recycling and composting 15% of household waste by 2005 and 25% by 2010. In the second Waste Management Strategy, launched in early 2006, new, bolder targets were set for recycling (including composting) 35% of waste by 2010, 40% by 2015, and 45% by 2020. In June 2012, Northern Ireland's then environment minister Alex Attwood announced plans to make it compulsory for local councils to achieve a 60% waste recycling rate by 2020.[4] According to data contained in the Northern Ireland Municipal Waste Management Statistics Annual Report 2010-11 (covering April 2010 to March 2011), the 2010 target was met, with the overall recycling rate reaching 35.5%. In 2012-2013, the overall recycling rate of household waste (which accounts for the lion's share of municipal waste in Northern Ireland) stood at 39.7%.

Over the past decade recycling and composting rates have increased considerably in Northern Ireland from roughly 5% in 1999 to around 40% in 2012-2013.[5]

In addition to more waste being recycled and composted, the amount of waste being produced in the first place has gone down in recent years, decreasing by 14 percent from an all-time recorded high of 1,064,090 tonnes in 2006-2007 to 913,546 tonnes in 2012-2013.

Recycling Rates[edit]

Below are tables summarizing the gains made in recent years in diverting waste from landfill through recycling and composting. The figures in these tables refer to the proportion of total local authority collected municipal waste being sent for recycling and composting. The data come from Northern Ireland's Department of the Environment municipal waste reports.[6] Since the mid-2000s, local councils in Northern Ireland have been required to report data on municipal waste arisings on a quarterly basis.

Waste Management Group District Council 2002 2003 04-05 05-06 06-07 07-08 08-09 09-10 10-11 11-12 12-13 13-14/Q1 13-14/Q2 13-14/Q3
arc21 Antrim Borough Council 18.6 21.8 39.8 45.8 47.1 47.1 49.6 51.2 48.8 53.2 53.6 57.0 61.7 55.0
arc21 Ards Borough Council 9.0 8.4 19.4 22.9 24.5 26.3 31.8 37.2 37.9 38.2 35.6 39.1 38.5 32.1
SWaMP Armagh City and District Council 15.9 22.8 25.7 29.1 35.0 38.5 36.8 38.7 41.1 43.4 41.0 43.2 46.4 38.4
arc21 Ballymena Borough Council 20.1 17.5 21.6 25.7 26.5 24.8 35.3 34.2 33.2 38.3 44.4 52.5 55.1 47.2
NWRWMG Ballymoney Borough Council 6.3 7.5 22.2 21.4 21.9 24.0 29.9 34.1 33.6 35.2 32.8 36.1 38.3 30.2
SWaMP Banbridge District Council 27.1 34.5 40.0 40.7 44.1 45.4 48.7 51.6 51.0 53.3 55.0 58.3 63.5 55.3
arc21 Belfast City Council 3.5 3.9 8.7 13.0 16.9 20.7 22.0 22.3 25.3 26.9 29.8 35.3 36.0 34.7
arc21 Carrickfergus Borough Council 7.5 8.8 14.6 15.0 19.5 29.3 28.4 30.9 41.3 46.1 40.8 46.3 46.8 34.8
arc21 Castlereagh Borough Council 4.7 12.6 22.7 33.2 35.6 35.7 37.0 38.0 41.2 42.3 40.9 43.3 48.6 38.0
NWRWMG Coleraine Borough Council 6.2 10.6 17.8 24.0 22.4 25.6 34.4 29.8 33.5 37.8 36.6 32.6 43.5 33.5
SWaMP Cookstown District Council 16.5 20.0 22.4 26.8 28.4 33.4 37.7 38.7 38.9 41.1 41.7 43.3 42.3 42.1
SWaMP Craigavon Borough Council 14.4 21.5 21.6 25.6 26.2 29.0 30.8 33.1 36.0 41.0 46.5 45.4 47.6 40.2
NWRWMG Derry City Council 2.3 6.0 11.9 28.3 23.6 28.3 29.6 29.6 29.2 29.8 28.1 30.3 41.7 37.1
arc21 Down District Council 11.7 13.3 16.8 29.2 27.8 26.0 27.0 28.3 29.3 31.0 32.0 33.2 33.9 26.0
SWaMP Dungannon and South Tyrone BC 10.0 12.1 19.1 19.2 23.8 28.2 30.9 31.1 35.0 39.2 40.2 42.7 48.7 39.3
SWaMP Fermanagh District Council 9.6 15.8 18.9 17.7 24.3 25.1 27.0 31.3 32.1 37.0 37.0 39.3 38.0 39.6
arc21 Larne Borough Council 5.8 8.7 14.5 23.1 28.4 32.1 34.7 35.3 38.2 53.0 52.8 54.9 55.1 47.1
NWRWMG Limavady Borough Council 3.5 11.1 24.1 33.2 28.1 36.2 33.5 34.9 35.3 36.6 42.2 43.6 47.1 41.8
arc21 Lisburn City Council 8.1 8.5 13.7 21.1 24.8 31.6 32.6 36.5 39.4 40.0 37.8 44.0 47.3 38.8
NWRWMG Magherafelt District Council 3.8 14.4 27.4 32.1 32.1 35.5 40.3 48.4 51.8 59.1 55.4 55.1 56.6 52.5
NWRWMG Moyle District Council 1.9 4.1 9.5 18.0 21.1 29.0 28.1 32.6 33.9 38.5 36.9 38.8 41.1 46.0
SWaMP Newry + Mourne District Council 8.7 12.3 18.2 22.7 25.8 26.0 27.8 28.8 28.9 32.5 33.1 32.9 38.6 32.1
arc21 Newtownabbey Borough Council 15.0 15.4 18.0 20.9 22.8 26.9 32.8 34.5 39.4 40.6 42.7 49.7 53.1 42.3
arc21 North Down Borough Council 9.3 16.2 19.8 20.1 26.8 30.6 32.6 34.4 42.9 44.3 44.0 50.7 47.6 39.9
SWaMP Omagh District Council 8.5 11.8 17.9 15.9 23.6 32.5 40.0 37.4 38.0 42.8 42.6 46.7 47.0 40.0
NWRWMG Strabane District Council 3.5 7.3 15.0 18.7 20.3 21.0 22.8 23.8 31.2 31.7 28.3 29.2 32.5 27.1
Waste Management Group 2002 2003 04-05 05-06 06-07 07-08 08-09 09-10 10-11 11-12 12-13 13-14/Q1 13-14/Q2 13-14/Q3
arc21 8.7 10.4 16.5 21.5 24.8 27.9 30.6 32.2 35.3 37.7 38.3 43.5 45.1 38.4
NWRWMG 4.0 25.9 17.4 26.0 24.1 28.3 31.6 32.6 34.6 37.3 35.9 36.4 43.5 37.9
SWaMP 13.2 6.3 22.3 24.2 28.1 31.0 33.6 35.2 36.7 40.5 41.7 43.2 46.2 39.9
Year Northern Ireland Total
2002 8.9
2003 12.2
2004-2005 18.2
2005-2006 23.0
2006-2007 25.5
2007-2008 28.8
2008-2009 31.6
2009-2010 33.1
2010-2011 35.5
2011-2012 38.4
2012-2013 38.7
13-14/Q1 42.1
13-14/Q2 45.1
13-14/Q3 38.7


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