Ten-fold increase in recycling rate

The amount of Derry household waste sent for recycling has increased more than ten fold over the past decade, a new report reveals.

Figures contained in the Northern Ireland Municipal Waste Management Report 2009/10 reveal that last year more than 17,000 tonnes of waste were sent for recycling and composting - that’s almost a third of all Derry waste.

The Department of Environment report reveals that just over 29% of the 70,000 tonnes of waste from the Derry City Council area was recycled last year.

In 2002 only 2.3% of waste from the city was sent for recycling.

Across the north almost 42% of all household waste was recycled last year.

Stormont’s environment minister Alex Attwood says he was “heartened” by the increasing commitment to recycling.

“We all know that prevention is better than cure so it is particularly encouraging to see a decrease in waste produced by households.

“Waste prevention is my key message to all – and is more easily summed up in the well-known phrase ‘Reduce Reuse Recycle’.

“It is heartening to see that recycling and composting rates are rising.

“These changes made by householders and industry together save us all money and help create an environment and society where citizens want to live, work and invest.”

Mr Attwood says the growth in recycling should be an impetus for more challenging targets.”

“I plan to set them. I want this part of these islands to lead the way on emission and recycling targets. I hope to make announcements soon.”

More information on recycling is available online at www.rethinkwasteni.org.