Welsh local authorities will be given access to £3.16m of funding to increase waste infrastructure in the region.
Provided by the Welsh Assembly Government, the grant is designed to help local authorities introduce waste processing facilities that reprocess difficult to recycle items, such as steel mattress springs (worth an estimated £1m a year), carpets and waste electrical and electronic equipment.
Welsh environment minister Jane Davidson said: “We cannot afford to continue sending waste to landfill, which is why this funding will give local authorities the chance to invest in the infrastructure needed to achieve high levels of recycling.”
The Welsh Assembly has also announced £1m to develop a plastics recycling facility which will be able to process yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and food containers.
Davidson said: “This funding is a real boost for local authorities. It also demonstrates our commitment to reaching the ambitious targets we have set ourselves, and to delivering economic and environmental benefits to the whole of Wales.”