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Household Waste

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the volume of household rubbish generated per person in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and what percentage of that was (a) recycled and (b) re-used in each year. (99403)

Each person in Northern Ireland generates approximately 0.5 tonnes of household waste per year (annual figures are provided in the following table).

The overall household recycling rate in Northern Ireland has grown from 6.6 per cent. in 1999-2000 to 18.9 per cent. in 2004-05, an encouraging increase of over 12 per cent., and indicative figures for 2005-06 show a recycling rate of over 24 per cent.

There are no figures on re-use of household waste as this waste does not enter the waste stream and is therefore is not reported.

Household waste arisings per household is a more useful indicator than per person as the household is the key unit for generation of waste and produces a certain amount of waste regardless of the number of occupants.

Household waste statistics 1999-2006

Total household waste (million tonnes)

Average household waste collected (tonnes/year)

Household waste recycling rate (percentage)

Per person

Per household

1999-2000

0.83

0.49

1.38

6.6

2001

0.88

0.52

1.42

8.9

2002

0.90

0.53

1.40

10.0

2003

0.90

0.53

1.37

12.5

2004-05

0.92

0.54

1.36

18.9

2005-061

0.94

0.54

1.36

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1 Indicative.