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Wales recycling rates hit 58%

The latest statistics on waste and recycling in Wales indicate the country is on track to meet its 2015-16 statutory target, the Welsh environment ministry has said, with one council recycling more than 70% of its waste.

Between April and June, Welsh local authorities recycled, reused or composted 58% of municipal waste, an all-time high.

This is in line with a 58% target for 2015-16.

“Wales is the only UK nation to set statutory recycling targets and we are leading the way in the UK,” said natural resources minister Carl Sargeant, left. “Welsh local authorities are already meeting the European target of recycling a minimum of 50% by 2020.”

Most councils reported a quarter-on-quarter increase in the period and recycled over half of the waste they collected, except for Rhondda Cynon Taf, which slipped six percentage points to 47%.

The best performer was Denbighshire, which topped the table with a municipal waste reuse, recycling and composting rate of 71%, followed by Pembrokeshire at 69%, Monmouthshire at 66% and Bridgend at 64%. 

Waste arisings between April and June decreased by 1kg per person to 53kg.

“These figures are thanks to the commitment of householders and local authorities,” said Sargeant “Working to make the best use of our resources will bring Wales economic and environmental benefits, and I intend to work with local authorities to help them to continue to improve.”

 

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