The Department of the Environment Northern Ireland (DoENI) is considering a 60% recycling target for municipal waste by 2020, according to a consultation issued at the end of March.1
But the document also reveals a lack of knowledge over the province’s waste arisings. The department has had to commission research from the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
Northern Ireland produces six million tonnes of waste per year, the department estimates, of which 1Mt is municipal waste and 4Mt construction, demolition and excavation (CD&E) wastes. The remaining 1Mt is assumed to be commercial and industrial (C&I) waste. But there is some doubt about the quality of these figures.