Wales recycled a record-breaking 49% of its municipal waste in the third quarter of 2011, figures revealed this morning.
The country achieved its highest ever quarterly recycling figure as it continues to progress towards its target of zero waste by 2050.
Environment minister John Griffiths said: “I congratulate local authorities in Wales for their pivotal part in this success.
“Not only are we recycling more than ever, we are also reducing the amount of waste produced in the first place.
“One of the reasons for our good progress is the fact that every local authority in Wales offers weekly food collection services.
“Separating out food waste not only diverts significant waste away from landfill, it also makes us far more aware of the food we are wasting, which can often results in reduced waste and lower food bills.”