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Final stage of consultation on Welsh council recovery targets

The Welsh government has launched a third stage consultation to develop guidance on local authority recycling, preparation for reuse and composting targets.

The final stage of the consultation, which opened on 26 August, is calling for final comments on the draft guidance to determine whether any further changes should be made.

The overall aim of the consultation - which initially started on 1 December 2010 - is to provide guidance for The Recycling, Preparation for Re-use and Composting Targets (Definitions) (Wales) Order 2011.

The guidance will help councils reach the minimum local authority recovery targets, which are:

  • 2012/13 – 52%
  • 2015/16 – 58%
  • 2019/20 – 64%
  • 2024/25 – 70%

Areas in the guidance that need clarifying include:

  • The use of End of Waste (EoW) criteria to define products, materials and substances
  • The consequences of de-watering digestate produced by anaerobic digestion (AD), including calculation of recovery rates
  • The apportionment of recovery in respect of AD and energy from waste (EfW) facilities that receive materials from municipal and nonmunicipal sources
  • Extending the period of reporting to WasteDataFlow

The consultation document states: “The Welsh Government considers it essential that the consultation on the guidance documents prepared in support of its local authority recovery targets is comprehensive and affords the opportunity to reflect the concerns of its stakeholders.

“One consequence of this approach is that the consultation period is extended and the final guidance will not be issued until well into the start of the local authority recovery targets regime. It is expected that the final guidance will need few changes following the consultation and that the final guidance will be issued later in 2013.”

The final stage of the consultation will close on 4 October.

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