Mid Ulster is at the top of the recycling table, with the highest household recycling rate in Northern Ireland.
Figures releases for the second quarter of 2015-2016 (July – September) show that 53.3% of waste collected in the region was recycled during that period, bringing the average rate for the first 6 months of the year to 52.7%.
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 Christine McFlynn, praised local people for their recycling efforts:
“This is a significant achievement for Mid Ulster and a credit to local people who are making the most of their blue and brown bins, as well as other recycling facilities.
“On the other side of the equation, Mid Ulster is also performing well, having landfilled just 3,613 tonnes of biodegradable waste and so utilising only 17% of the annual allowance we have been given for disposing of this kind of waste. That’s the second lowest of all the councils.
“Of course, we can always do more, particularly in the area of reducing the amount of waste we create in the first place, and re-using materials where we can”.
To view the full report on all 11 councils’ recycling and landfill statistics, click here.