Working alongside its member Councils and in partnership with all its stakeholders SWaMP2008 has suceeded in reducing waste and increasing household reduction rates.
By encouraging more people to ‘reduce, re-use and recycle’ and “let’s recycle more” it is making steady progress in limiting the amount of waste sent to landfill.
Household recycling and composting rates for SWaMP2008 have increased from 23% in 2004/5 to 41.8% in 2011/12.
SWaMP2008 recovery data
SWaMP2008 currently enjoys the highest recycling rate of all the sub-regional waste management bodies.
The amount of waste generated per household has decreased from 1.41 tonnes in 2004/05 to 1.18 in 2011/12.
Whilst significant improvement has been made there is still much more that can be done. A number of tough recycling and recovery targets have been set by the EU and within the NI Waste Management Strategy as detailed below.
Recycling and composting of household waste must be at:
- 40% by 2015
- 50% by 2020
The EU Landfill Directive has also set mandatory targets to reduce the amount of biodegradable municipal waste going to landfill to:
- 75% of 1995 levels by 2010
- 50% by 2013
- 35% by 2020
Failure to meet these targets will lead to significant fines being levied against the Councils.
SWaMP2008 is also limited on the amount of waste it can send to landfill up to 2020 through the NI Landfill Allowances Scheme (NILAS).
Northen Ireland Landfill Allowances Scheme: Landfill Allowance Allocation (tonnes)
BMW landfilled by Council