Wales has increased its recycling rate to 44% in the second quarter of 2010, according to figures published today.
Published by the Welsh assembly Government (WAG), the figures for April-June 2010 indicate that the level of municipal waste recycled, reused or composted by local authorities increased from 41% in April to June 2009 to 44% in the same period this year.
The increase now puts Wales four percentage points above its target to recycle 40% of its waste for 2009/2010, an aim which it narrowly missed earlier this year.
According to the figures, the annual level of municipal waste recycled, reused or composted rose from 36% between the financial year beginning 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009 to 39% between April 2009 and March 2010 – missing the WAG target by just 1%.
Welsh environment minister Jane Davidson said: “I am pleased that the recycling rate continues to rise in Wales, but I believe that we need to go a step further.
“Recycled materials are a valuable resource that can be sold to generate much-needed funds for local authorities and provide the raw materials for Welsh industry. That is why it is so important that we invest in the kind of recycling services that provide the best quality end product, that are the most cost-effective, and which give us the opportunity to keep as much of this end product here in Wales.”
The WAG is now looking towards its next target of recycling 70% of its waste by 2025, as set out in its Towards Zero Waste strategy in June.
Davidson said: “We need to develop the best recycling services possible if we are to reach our target of recycling 70% of our waste by 2025.”