Wales is within striking distance of its 2015/16 target for recycling, reuse and composting.
Between July and September 2013, recycling, reuse and composting rates reached 57% in Wales.
The local authorities with the highest rates are Monmouthshire (66%), Pembrokeshire and Denbighshire (62%) and Bridgend and Caerphilly (60%).
The figures indicate that residual waste has fallen 6% to 52kg per person compared to the same quarter in 2012.
In 2013, Wales reached its statutory target of recycling 52% of waste collected and the next recycling target, for 2015/16 is 58%.
Resources minister Alun Davies, said: “I want to thank households and councils in Wales for their efforts and commitment to recycling. Welsh households are taking advantage of weekly food waste collections, and campaigns such as Love Food, Hate Waste are helping people to waste less and save money on food shopping.
“It’s also great to see a continued decrease in black bin waste, it shows Wales is leading the way in the UK towards a zero waste future.”