Waste Reduction and Recycling Targets

Working alongside its member Councils and  in partnership with  all its stakeholders SWaMP2008 has succeeded 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.

As can be seen from the table below the amount of waste sent for recycling from households in the SWaMP2208 region has risen to 42.4% in 2012/13 from 41.8% in 2011/12, this is well above the NI average of 39.7%.

SWaMP2008 recovery data
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)

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BMW landfilled by Council

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