Thu, 02 Feb 2023

The 2021/22 Northern Ireland local authority collected municipal waste management annual statistics report has been published today by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

This statistical report is updated annually and contains information on key measurements of local authority collected (LAC) municipal waste for councils and waste management groups in Northern Ireland. 

Download the report.

The key points are:

  • Northern Ireland's councils collected 1,034,637 tonnes of waste during 2021/22 which was similar to the amount collected in 2020/21. During 2021/22, 49.7% of waste collected by councils was sent for recycling which was also similar to the recycling rate in 2020/21 (50.0%).
  • The landfill rate for waste collected by councils was 24.9% in 2021/22, 2.1 percentage points higher than 22.8% in 2020/21 which was the lowest rate recorded.
  • The energy recovery rate for waste arisings was 23.2% in 2021/22 compared to a quarter of arisings (24.6%) in 2020/21, and 0.4% 12 years ago.
  • Household waste accounted for 88.0% of all local authority collected waste during 2021/22. The recycling rate for household waste was 50.1% while the landfill rate for household waste was 24.7%.
  • Belfast generated the smallest amount of household waste per capita at 429 kg whilst Antrim & Newtownabbey recorded the largest at 554 kg per capita.
  • There were 141,301 tonnes of biodegradable waste sent to landfill during 2021/22, an increase of 11.8% from the quantity reported in 2020/21 (126,404 tonnes).


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