New figures show that Wales recycled 41.1 per cent of its household waste between July and September 2009. This represents a 3.5 per cent increase compared with the same quarter in 2008-09 (37.6 per cent).
Environment Minister Jane Davidson said: These statistics demonstrate that Wales is still recycling over 40 per cent of its municipal waste and is continuing to exceed the 2009-10 recycling target of 40 per cent. I applaud the excellent efforts of the local authorities and householders in Wales.
Local authorities are continuing to expand their recycling and composting services which make this possible. Around 51 per cent of households now have a food waste collection service. This is increasing, and I expect that as close to 100 per cent of possible of households will have a separate food waste collection service by 2012-13.
The total amount of municipal waste produced in Wales decreased from 438, 590 tonnes between July and September 2008 to 432, 571 tonnes between July and September 2009.
This represents a decrease of 6,019 tonnes and continues a downward trend that has been observed since 2004-05.
At a local authority level, Ceredigion council was the highest performing council with a 55 per cent recycling rate for the quarter. Denbighshire council showed the greatest improvement in figures, leaping from 34 per cent for the same period in 2008 to 53 per cent in 2009.
The Isle of Anglesey council also achieved a high municipal recycling rate with 52 per cent.