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Northern Ireland on target to break one million tonne waste barrier, according to new figures

There has been 'another significant increase' in waste being landfilled year on year in NI

NORTHERN Ireland is on target to break the one million tonne waste barrier following another increase in landfill, according to new figures.

Latest data highlights that the north is "heading in the wrong direction" with a 16 per cent rise in waste year on year.

The local authority collected (LAC) municipal waste management statistics were published by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

They reveal "another significant increase" in waste being landfilled year on year in Northern Ireland with the quantity of LAC municipal waste sent to landfill rising from 172,387 tonnes between April and December 2020 to 200,386 tonnes in the same period in 2021.

The figures also show total waste continue to grow by over three per cent year on year, meaning the north is on target to possibly reach an all-time high by the end of the year.

Statistics also reveal exports of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) waste from Northern Ireland to places across Europe has risen by 46.8 per cent in 2021 compared to the previous year.

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