Mid Ulster is at the top of the recycling table, with the highest household recycling rate in Northern Ireland for the year 2015/16.
Provisional figures released for the last financial year, 1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016, show that 49.7% of waste collected in the Mid Ulster region was recycled during that period.
This means that the Council is well on course to meet the target set by the EU where all councils must achieve a 50% recycling rate by 2020.
Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Clement Cuthbertson, praised local people for their recycling efforts:
“I have to thank the people of Mid Ulster for their fantastic effort which has again resulted in the district being at the top of the recycling table. To be placed first for the entire year over 10 other council areas is an astonishing achievement and means that the Council is definitely well on track to meeting the EU target of 50% by 2020!
“This emphasises and fully reinforces the great work the Council is doing to promote recycling, the importance of fully utilising our blue and brown bins and the numerous recycling facilities available to residents across the district. It’s up to all of us now to maintain this high standard and to try to reduce the amount of waste we create in the first place.”
For more information and statistics on waste, visit https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/publications