More than half of Welsh councils have reached or passed their current statutory recycling target of 52% three months early.
The country as a whole remains on track to meet its first statutory target of 52% by 2012/13 after Welsh people recycled half their waste between October and December 2012, according to a Welsh Government statistical release.
The Welsh minister for natural resources, Alun Davies (left), said: “Our targets are very ambitious and so this is no mean feat. I am grateful to councils across Wales for the hard work they have put in to improving their collection services which have driven up recycling rates.”
The highest rate was in Denbighshire, where locals recycled 57% of waste in this period. Powys and Caerphilly came second with a 56% recycling rate.
Powys and Conwy had the largest rise in recycling rates with a respective 9 and 7 percentrage point increase compared to the same period in 2011.
The Welsh Government set ambitious targets of recycling 52% of Wales’s waste by 2012/13 and 70% by 2024/25 as part of the ‘Towards Zero Waste’ strategy.
Davies added: “We still have some way to go if we are to continue to achieve our ambitious recycling targets and I encourage everyone to spend a few extra minutes each week to separate out and recycle their rubbish.”
- Natural Resources Wales, which MRW reported started work last month, monitors the performance of local authorities.