Provisional figures show Northern Ireland's household waste was recycling rate has risen to 39.7 percent during 2011/12
The figures mean a 2.3 percentage point increase has been achieved compared to the previous year.
The provisional figures were published by the Department of the Environment (DOE) in the report Northern Ireland Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste Management Statistics, January - March 2012 - provisional statistics.
The report sets out the provisional quarterly recycling rates for municipal waste achieved by Northern Irish local authorities in the final quarter of 2011/12, which are reported to the WasteDataFlow database.
It shows that between January and March 2012 the amount of household waste sent for recycling or composting was 38.1 percent - a 4.1 percent increase on the previous year.
The figures reveal a 6 percent reduction in the amount of household waste arising for the fourth quarter of 2011/12. In total 194,472 tonnes of waste was collected in that quarter.
The validated figures for 2011/12 are expected to be published in November 2012.
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