Derry City Council say they will meet government set recycling targets despite still sending more waste to landfill than any other council in the North.
New figures contained in the Northern Ireland Municipal Waste Management Report for the first quarter of 2012 reveal that just over 13,500 tonnes of household waste was gathered by Derry City Council - and less than 30% of all waste was sent for recycling or composting.
Government targets set out within the Northern Ireland Waste Management Strategy dictate that 40% of waste should be recycled by 2015, and by 2020 local authorities should be recycling 60% of all waste.
A spokeswoman for Derry City Council said the local authority is keen to achieve EU and national waste targets and in particular reducing wastes to landfill.
She said last year had seen a surplus allowance of 3829 tonnes in regard to landfilled waste.
The spokeswoman added:”Refurbishment works have also been completed at Claudy Recycling Centre enhancing the recycling provision at this location and further diverting wastes from landfill.
“Council are also bringing forward initiatives individually and collectively as part of the North West Region Waste Management Group that will enhance both landfill diversion and recycling targets.”
The new reoprt show that of Derry’s total waste of 13,547 tonnes, just over 3,480 was recycled while a further 227 tonnes was sent for composting. In the first three months of 2012 27% of waste from Derry was recycled or composted.
Neighbouring councils have a better recycling rate - Magherafelt recycles 57% of all waste, Coleraine 40% and Strabane almost 33%.
The current figures still represent a massive increase in waste recycling in Derry over the last decade.
Just ten years ago, in 2002, only 2.3% of waste from the city was sent for recycling