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Coppicing Small Trees

Sunday 8th April
Knockbracken Allotments, South Belfast
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Path Maintenance

Sunday 22nd April
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve Belfast
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Making Mitigation Work

Thursday 26th April
Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin
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Waste

Reducing the amount of waste produced and obtaining maximum value from waste currently discarded has many benefits. It decreases costs, addresses climate change commitments, improves resource efficiency, improves human health, protects natural habitats and decreases pollution.

Waste

The review of the Northern Ireland Waste Management Strategy (2006–2020) culminated in the publication of a revised NI Waste Management Strategy (2013), entitled, Delivering Resource Efficiency. It incorporates a strategic shift from resource management to resource efficiency. This new approach fits with the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe (European Commission, 2011) which recognises that waste is a resource, encourages a circular economy and aims to reduce residual waste as far as possible. The new strategy indicates a proactive approach to complying with EU requirements and is intended to help Northern Ireland achieve a leading position internationally in the development of a green and low carbon economy. For example, it includes a 50% recycling rate by 2020 in accordance with the revised Waste Framework Directive. Meanwhile, the Minister for Environment has proposed to go beyond these targets by introducing a statutory recycling rate of 60% for all Local Authorities.

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Just over three–quarters (78.6%) of government EPE spend in 2014 was on waste management activities.

In 2012, just over 630,000 tonnes of waste was exported from Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland exports waste to many different countries including; Bangladesh, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, The United States and Vietnam.

Household waste recycling increased from 5% in 1999 to 19% in 2005.

The Landfill Allowance Scheme places a statutory responsibility on district councils to landfill no more than the quantity of biodegradable local authority collected municipal waste for which they have allowances. The allocation for 2012/13 is 320,000 tonnes, which is less than the 2010/11 allocation (465,950 tonnes).

Northern Ireland produces some 1 million tonnes of municipal waste annually and this figure increased by 2.5% between 2003 and 2004. If we continue at that rate, municipal waste arisings will increase by almost 50% by 2020.

There was an estimated 1,289,000 tonnes of C&I (Commercial and Industrial) waste in Northern Ireland in 2009.

The EU Landfill Directive sets statutory targets for reducing the quantities of landfilled biodegradable municipal waste to; 50% of 1995 levels by 2013 & 35% of 1995 levels by 2020.

A current revision of the Northern Ireland Waste Management Strategy has set out new recycling targets: a 50% household recycling rate and a 70% construction and demolition rate by 2020, in accordance with the revised Waste Framework Directive.

330,000 tonnes of municipal waste is now recycled or composted per annum.

The environmental problem considered most important by the largest proportion (39%) of households in 2011/12 is household waste disposal.

There were 949,491 tonnes of municipal waste collected in Northern Ireland in 2011/12, a decrease of just over 3.6% on the amount collected in 2010/11. Household waste accounted for almost 88% of all municipal waste collected in Northern Ireland in 2011/12.

Recycling of waste is becoming much more common in Northern Ireland. In 2011/12, 40% of household waste was sent for recycling (including composting), over double the proportion (19%) sent in 2004/05.

In 2012, just over 630,000 tonnes of waste was exported from Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland exports waste to many different countries, including: America, Bangladesh, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, and Vietnam.