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Wales sets up waste hotline

Welsh natural resources minister Carl Sargeant has launched a resources advice service to act as a single point of contact for citizens and businesses and help “create lasting economic growth”.

Sargeant, who took on responsibility for waste after a reshuffle in September, said the Resource Efficient Wales website will draw on the expertise of 73 organisations to provide professional advice on saving energy and water, reducing waste or disposing of it more efficiently.

He added: “Despite its size, Wales produces over 11% of the UK’s total small scale hydro energy – the same as England, and Wales is doing really well on recycling – if we were a separate EU state we would be in the top four highest recycling nations in Europe. 

“But although we are leading the way in these fields, I want us to continue to develop our competitive advantage. 

“Producing electricity from renewable sources, turning our waste into a resource, making our homes, schools and hospitals more energy efficient than ever, creates value. 

“It helps budgets go further, it can create green growth in our economy and it moves us along vital steps to reducing our carbon emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change.”

Individuals, businesses and community groups can visit the website or call 0300 123 2020.

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