A community in Powys is nearing the Welsh recycling target of 70% by 2025, after it achieved a 67% recycling rate in the second quarter of the 2010/11 financial year.
Presteigne and Norton in Powys achieved a recycling rate 22 percentage points higher than that of the national average, which stood at 45% according to official figures.
The area received support from Cwm Harry Land Trust, a social enterprise which helped local staff set up a “slow recycling service” which incorporates smaller scale vehicles such as milk floats, a kerbside sorting scheme for residents and the further separation of waste into 15 streams, at a rate of 250 households a day.
Welsh environment minister Jane Davidson said: “My ambition is for Wales to recycle 70% of its waste by 2025 and be zero waste by 2050. The people of Presteigne and Norton have shown us just how achievable this is, and how the whole community benefits when we recycle more.”