Wales is now producing less household waste and recycling more, according to new figures.
Latest figures for the fourth quarter of 2008-2009 show that households produced four per cent less waste (68,221 tonnes) than they did for the same period in 2007-2008.
The overall share of municipal waste that was recycled, re-used or composted for the whole of 2008-09 was 36 per cent, an increase of four per cent on the 2007-08 figure of 32 per cent.
Welsh Assembly Government Environment Minister Jane Davidson said: The more we recycle and the less we throw away into landfill the less our impact will be on the planet. It is encouraging to see that levels of recycling have increased on the previous year and that the
Welsh public have maintained their commitment to recycling.
What we do with our waste will impact upon our children and grandchildren. We can no longer simply bury waste in the land to rot. Separating your waste at home is not a worthless task but one that has a real positive impact on our world and on the future.
Recent Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs statistics show that England decreased its total municipal waste by just under 0.5 million tonnes in the year to end September 2008, decreasing from 28.5m tonnes to 28 million tonnes. It also shows that England increased its recycling rate by two per cent in the second quarter of the 2008/2009 financial year (July to September 2008).
In April, Davidson set an ambitious new target for recycling in Wales of 70 per cent as part of the WAGs new waste strategy Towards Zero Waste, which set out how Wales proposes to tackle the issue over the next four decades. The strategy is out for consultation until 22 July 2009.