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Government announces £14 million boost for Welsh recycling

A £14 million boost for Welsh recycling schemes, delivered over two years, has been announced by the Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing Jane Davidson. The cash will help set up the first all Welsh plastic bottles auto sorter. Money has also been awarded to local authority (LA) schemes for vehicles and equipment to collect food and kitchen waste, which can be used to generate electricity and produce compost and biogas. The first plastic bottle recycling plant will be set-up in Blaenau Gwent following a £850,000 Government award made to the Wales Sustainability Reinvestment Trust and the LA. The money is for a plastics auto sorter, which will sort plastic bottles from municipal waste. A majority of the money has been shared between seven LA projects for the collection and treatment of food, kitchen and green wastes. LAs were asked to make joint applications for projects through a grant scheme, which was set-up to support investment in plant and equipment for sustainable waste management. Davidson said: These substantial grants demonstrate the Governments commitment to tackling the issue of waste, which is a key element in our efforts to deal with climate change. We also hope these schemes will be another boost to the good work already being done by LAs in Wales to meet our ambitious targets for recycling and diversion from landfill. Figures released earlier this week show that local authorities met the all-Wales target for recycling for 2006-07 and are progressing well to meeting the targets for 2009-10. Davidson will meet leaders of LAs throughout Wales next week to discuss the future waste management and how targets will be met.

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