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Cash boost for Welsh councils

Local authorities in Wales have been given a £5.75m funding package to boost recycling and related services.

Ten councils will receive a share as part of the Welsh Government’s Collaborative Change Programme (CCP).

Environment secretary Lesley Griffiths announced the funding at the Gofer Reycling Centre in Abergele, Conwy.

Griffiths said Wales had the highest municipal recycling rate in the UK and would be in the top four in Europe if it were separately reported.

“Our aim is for Wales to have the highest national municipal recycling rate in the world with the ultimate ambition of achieving a ‘carbon neutral Wales’ by 2020. This funding will help us ensure further progress is maintained to help us meet these targets.”

The CCP assessment panel approved 12 applications from the 10 local authorities. They include:

  • Newport (£730,000) to boost recycling service in 6,000 flats, and pay for a communications campaign
  • Neath Port Talbot ( £688,000) for dedicated recycling vehicles and containers to access previously restricted areas
  • Flintshire (£1.5m) to implement changes to Household Waste Recycling Centres and invest in recycling vehicles
  • Torfaen (£800,000) to improve collections and depot facilities
  • Powys CC, (more than £500,000) for bulking and baling equipment at depots

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