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Belfast households take bottom spot in recycling report

Recycling rates overall rose in the final quarter of last year
Mairead Holland

BELFAST has the lowest rate of household waste recycling out of all 11 council areas, latest statistics have shown.

The figure for the final quarter of 2018 was 41.7 per cent, 1.4 per cent lower than the previous year.

This compares to the highest recycling rate in Mid Ulster at 56.3 per cent, an improvement of 2.1 per cent on the same quarter last year.

The report by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) also showed that overall recycling rates rose by 0.8 per cent between October and December last year to 47.7 per cent.

Households in Newry, Mourne & Down produced the least household waste out of all council areas in the same period.

The district produced just 98kg of waste per person during this time while, at the other end of the scale, Antrim & Newtownabbey produced the biggest amount at 133kg per person.

Meanwhile, the landfill rate fell to 30.1 per cent, a further reduction on the 32.5 per cent recorded during the same three months of 2017.

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