Welsh households recycled 49% of their waste in the last quarter of 2011.
The rate is a record increase of 6% on the same period in 2010, according to the Welsh Government.
The latest report on Welsh municipal recycling shows a second consecutive quarter at 49%. The statistics also show that residual household waste continued to fall. During October-December 2011,s every person in Wales produced 54kg of waste, a drop of 5kg per person from 2010.
The Welsh Environment Minister, John Griffiths said: “Recycling 49% of our waste for the second successive quarter is particularly impressive as rates tend to drop during winter months. This shows that the rate of recycling in Wales continues to increase.
“One reason for our good progress is that every local authority offers weekly food collection services. Separating food waste not only diverts significant waste away from landfill, but it also makes us far more aware of the food we are wasting, which can often result in reduced waste and lower food bills.
“The key thing now is that we continue to build on our recycling success so that we can meet our challenging targets of 70% recycling by 2025 and zero waste by 2050.”