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Biodegradable waste sent to landfill drops by 39% in Wales

All Welsh local authorities sent less biodegradable waste to landfill than their legal maximum, since 2005 according to figures published by the Environment Agency Wales.

Between 2005 to 2006 and 2009 to 2010, the amount of paper, cardboard and food waste sent to landfill fell by 39 per cent because of the landfill targets set in the Landfill Allowances Scheme.

The scheme aims to reduce the amount of biodegradable waste municipal waste going to landfill sites.

Welsh Environment Minister Jane Davidson said: “The Landfill Allowances Scheme has been a resounding success for Wales, and the big reduction in biodegradable waste going to landfill is something we should all be proud of.

“Every local authority in Wales is rolling out separate food waste collections, and I have committed £34 million between 2009 and 2011 to ensure as many households as possible have access to these services. But householders also have a significant role to play, by thinking carefully about their shopping habits and about how they can stop food going to waste. This will save them money.”

Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) spokesman for the environment Aled Roberts added: “The WLGA is proud of the council and importantly the public’s performance in reducing and diverting biodegradable waste from landfill. The councils were allowed to send 710,000 tonnes of biodegradable waste to landfill, but smashed this figure by only sending 523,035 tonnes.”

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