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Northern Ireland records highest ever household recycling rate

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Northern Ireland recorded its highest ever household waste recycling rate at 51.5 per cent. Statistics released by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) showed that household recycling increased by over three percentage points for the period July to September 2017. This compared to 48.4 per cent for the same period in 2016. WRAP Northern Ireland has worked closely with local authorities to increase household recycling, with a particular focus on food waste collections.

Study finds 55 per cent of household residual waste can be recycled

WRAP completed a study of the composition of household waste collected at the kerbside in Northern Ireland. The study found that 55 per cent of the contents of the residual waste bin were made up of waste that could be recycled.

Looking ahead

Our priority in Northern Ireland is to maintain the 2017 upward trend in household recycling to reach a consistent rate of 50% by 2020. We will provide continued support to Northern Ireland government on recycling and policy development.