Wales has recycled 54% of municipal waste in 2013-14, with rates hitting 63% in some councils, provisional figures indicate.
The combined rate for recycling, reuse and compositing increased by two percentage points at the national level in comparison to 2012-13, when Wales met a 52% statutory target.
The Welsh Government’s ‘Towards Zero Waste’ strategy has set an objective of 70% recycling by 2025, with intermediate targets for some keys years. The next one will be to achieve 58% by 2016.
John Griffiths, minister for natural resources, culture and sport, above, said: “We continue to lead the way in the UK for reuse, recycling and composting, and we are making good progress towards our target[s].”
Rural local authorities recycled the highest percentage of municipal waste, with Denbighshire and Monmouthshire hitting 63%, followed by Pembrokeshire at 60%. Caerphilly and Ceredigion reached recycling rates of 58%.
However, four councils failed to meet last year’s target of 52%: Newport at 51.7%, Cardiff, 50%; Rhondda Cynon Taf, 49%; and Merthyr Tydfil, 48%.