Mid and East Antrim top of the NI household recycling league tables for glass and organic waste

Thursday 23 November 2017

Residents in Mid and East Antrim are Northern Ireland’s top recyclers when it comes to disposing of glass and organic waste, latest figures reveal.

Waste Operations staff

The statistics, compiled by the Northern Local Authority Municipal Waste Management, relate to waste collected during April, May and June of this year.

And they show our Borough reported the largest increases on their recycling rates of any Council area in Northern Ireland in the past year.

Mid and East Antrim is now in second place when it comes to household recycling out of all 11 Councils in Northern Ireland, with Mid Ulster the best performing.

However, our residents and traders were the best in the region when it came to responsible disposal of glass and organics.

More than 60% of glass and 73.6% of organics were captured from the household waste system in Mid and East Antrim from April to June – well above the averages for six Councils under the Arc21 umbrella waste management group.

Chair of Council’s Operational Committee, Councillor Dr Mark McKinty, said: “The most recent figures from Northern Ireland Local Authority Municipal Waste Management are hugely encouraging and are to be warmly welcomed.

“They also show Mid and East Antrim decreased its household landfill rate by 7.5% - to 37.8% - during April and June of this year. An increase in the recycling rate locally by 7.2% contributed to this drop in the amount of waste which otherwise would have been destined for landfill.

“Our residents continue to lead the way when it comes to recycling household and organic waste.

“Recycling saves ratepayers’ money and also combats environmental damage. Our citizens are to be commended for their efforts and I thank them for their support to date.”

The latest figures were announced at this month’s meeting of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Operational Committee and coincide with the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR).

It is an initiative aimed at promoting awareness of sustainable resource and waste management.

EWWR encourages a wide range of agencies, including public authorities and private companies, as well as citizens themselves, to get involved. The week runs from 18 to 26 November 2017.

Earlier this year Council revealed a campaign aimed at substantially reducing the amount of local food waste sent to landfill was proving hugely successful.

Reduced landfill costs as a result of the move are expected to deliver annual savings of £200,000 – meaning those funds are available for other projects and work within Mid and East Antrim.

Changes to food waste collections came into effect throughout the Borough back in April, with residents urged to dispose of food waste into brown bins as opposed to black.

Council promoted the changes widely through the media, its website, collection calendars, Connections magazine and letters to householders.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Paul Reid, said: “Council has received more than 5,000 requests for brown bins and in excess of 7,500 requests for food caddies.

“This is a phenomenal response from our residents and I commend them for their overwhelming support and making the switch from black to brown bins.

“It costs twice as much to dispose of food waste in a black bin as it does to recycle food waste from a brown bin.

“Unwanted food that ends up in landfill is the most polluting type of waste due to the release of harmful gases.

“Rather than pollute the environment, that waste is increasingly being put to a great use in Mid and East Antrim as high quality compost which is then made available to our residents. Brown is the New Black in our Borough and this is a complete win-win for all of us in Mid and East Antrim.”

An increase in dry kerbside recycling locally was also reported.

For more information or advice on recycling, please contact:

T: 0300 124 5000

Alternatively, details are available on our recycling pages.