Wales now recycles 41 per cent of its household waste, new figures show.
The latest quarterly statistics on municipal waste produced by the Welsh Assembly Government also show that the amount of waste sent to landfill has fallen, from 86 kilograms per person in April to June 2008, to 77 kilograms per person in April to June 2009.
Welsh Environment Minister Jane Davidson said: These stats show that for the first time Wales is recycling over 40 per cent of its waste, in line with the target we have set of 40 per cent for 2009-10. I want to thank the people of Wales for their hard work. We must now make sure this progress continues as the Welsh Assembly Governments vision goes much further.
To make our country greener and reduce our use of global resources we have proposed to set at target of 70 per cent for recycling and composting by 2025. We have also set a target of a maximum of 5 per cent landfill by 2025. How we dispose of our waste reflects on how we treat our country and these new figures show that we are on the right path.
The new figures also show that the total amount of municipal waste produced in Wales has also decreased, falling from 440,000 tonnes in April to June 2008 to 427,000 tonnes in April to June 2009, a reduction of three per cent.
Over the past two years, the Welsh Assembly Government has provided local authorities with an extra £24 million to increase the collection from households of recyclable materials, including the separate collection of food waste. Eighteen of the twenty two councils in Wales are now operating food waste collection services.