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Recycling rate in Northern Ireland passes England

Recycling in Northern Ireland has risen by just over 2% in 2016/2017, according to statistics published by Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Daera) this week.

It’s been reported that household recycling rates have risen to 44%, 2.2% higher than the previous year.

Recycle Week 2017 Northern Ireland

This means that for the first time, Northern Ireland is performing better than England, whose last figures stood at 43.9%.

However it’s not all good news. Targets had been set for NI to reach 45% recycling by 2015, but due to last year’s plateau this has not yet been achieved.

There have been changes to how and what is collected by local councils in the last twelve months. A number of councils are now enforcing rules which state that food waste must NOT be disposed of in the general waste bin, but must be separated for composting or anaerobic digestion.

Perhaps thanks to this initiative and others, councils energy-from-waste recovery rate rose from 17.6% to 18.5%.

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