| These results are based on the Recycling and Energy Conservation module, which was included in the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) in the third quarter of 2005. |
The CSO reported today that almost 1.3 million households (88.7%) reported that they recycled some element of their household waste in the third quarter of 2005, representing a significant increase on the 47.9% in the first quarter of 1999. While 165,200 households did not recycle any household waste item in 2005, 28,600 of these reported that they would recycle if the facilities were available.
At a regional level Dublin reported the highest percentage of households recycling (93.7%), while the Border region had the lowest rate (77.6%). All regions reported a large increase in household recycling levels over the six-year period from 1999 to 2005 with the West showing the largest increase.
Over 92% of urban households reported that they recycled some element of their waste while the comparable figure for rural households was just under 84%. A lack of recycling facilities was reported by 1.6% of urban households and 2.4% of rural households as a reason for not recycling.
Rented or rent free dwellings reported a recycling rate of almost 82%, in comparison to just over 90% for owner occupied dwellings. Households containing one adult with no children had the lowest recycling rate (75.9%), while households with two adults and 1 to 3 children had the highest rate (95.3%).