Every local authority in Wales met their landfill allowance targets last year, said Minister for environment, planning and countryside Carwyn Jones last week. It represents a marked improvement in recycling and waste management in Wales, as nine of its local authorities missed their recycling and composting target of 15% in 2003/04.
But he said the situation was "good, but not so good that it cannot be improved upon", a comment that reflects the Welsh Assembly environment committee's call for more funding in a recent report.
Drawing on personal experience, the minister said that where he lived, in Bridgend, kerbside bottle collections had started only the week before.
He sited the examples of The Netherlands and the Isle of Man as models to aspire to, operating in an atmosphere of "nil landfill use", and said Wales needed to move away from landfill towards recycling.
Speaking at a reception held by the Welsh Environmental Services Association in Cardiff, the minister said he welcomed support the waste management industry could give.