Northern Ireland Celebrates A Record Low In Landfill Numbers
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Northern Ireland Celebrates A Record Low In Landfill Numbers

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A recent report has found that local authorities in Northern Ireland sent less than half of municipal collected waste to landfill in the last financial year, setting a new record low for the country.

Northern Ireland Reduces Landfill Waste

The data from the report outlined that despite household waste increasing for the first time in seven years from 804,000 tonnes to 815,000 tonnes, the proportion of household waste sent to landfill dropped by 5%, from around 54% in 2012/13 to 49% in 2013/14. This also marks the lowest annual land filling total for the country.

The Department of the Environment (DOE) believes that the successful change is down to the new methods which councils are using to manage their residual waste. Instead of sending the majority of their waste straight to landfill, material recovery facilities (MRF) are becoming more popular and widely used as a way to capture material which could be recycled.

Other ways in which these materials can be re-used include refuse-derived fuel (RDF), which also prevents to waste from going to landfill. RDF is produced by shredding municipal solid waste (MSW). Once the non-combustible materials such as glass and metals are removed the RDF material consists largely of organic, plastic and biodegradable waste.

Speaking at the Waste & Resources Action Programme Northern Ireland (WRAP NI) conference, Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “The North has turned an important corner in our road to zero waste. We are increasingly seeing waste as a valuable resource. Clearly, the message to prevent waste and recycle has been taken on board by householders across the country. Their recycling efforts have diverted an additional 18,000 tonnes of waste from landfill since the previous year. That’s £1.3 million extra in landfill tax savings for Northern Ireland councils. But we must be careful not to be too complacent; we are only half way to a zero waste society.”

Durkan also spoke again of his intention to impose regulations to restrict food waste going to landfill in the future, saying: “Approximately 190,000 tonnes of food waste is landfilled every year. Recycling this waste alone could easily meet future European targets and save millions of pounds for councils.”

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