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Welsh Assembly launches consultation on implementation of statutory recycling targets

A consultation on recycling definitions, monitoring arrangements and financial penalties has been launched ahead of the introduction of statutory recycling targets in Wales.

The consultation will ask stakeholders for their views on issues proposed in two pieces of supplementary legislation: the Recycling, Preparation for Re-use and Composting Targets (Definitions) (Wales) Order and the Recycling, Preparation for Re-use and Composting Targets (Monitoring and Penalties) (Wales) Regulations which will go before the Welsh Assembly in 2011.

Such issues include the  definitions of ‘recycling’, ‘preparation for re-use’ and ‘composting’ established in the Recycling (Definitions) Order, as well as the appointment of the Environment Agency as the monitoring authority for the new targets and the creation of acceptable financial penalties if those targets are not met.

Powers to set legally binding municipal recycling targets for local authorities were passed into law under the Waste (Wales) Measure by the Welsh Assembly in November. The first targets will be introduced in the 2012-13 financial year and will set a binding target of 52%.

Welsh environment minister Jane Davidson said: “Our local authorities have already done a fantastic job in contributing to Wales’ recycling rate, increasing by more than anywhere else in the UK in the past decade. I want them to keep up the good work and urge them to take part in this consultation.”

The consultation closes on 21 January 2011.

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