Northern Ireland’s recycling rate reaches 50 per cent

Northern Ireland has recorded its highest ever household waste recycling rate, increasing from 48.1 per cent in 2017/18 to 50 per cent in 2018/19, according to new figures from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA). This means that Northern Ireland has met the EU target to recycle 50 per cent of household waste by 2020.

The statistics reveal that the total local authority collected (LAC) waste arisings was 990,233 tonnes, a 1.3 per cent increase on 2017/18. According to the figures, the tonnage of LAC municipal waste sent for recycling reached a record high of 491,957 tonnes, increasing by 5.8 per cent compared to the previous year.