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Welsh Assembly pledges £90m to recycling and composting schemes

The Welsh Assembly has pledged new funding of more than £90 million to give recycling and composting a boost in Wales. Minister for Environment Jane Davidson said Wales was currently hitting targets for recycling. Across the country local authorities had recycled and composted 27.6% of waste in 2006-07 beating the 25% target. Funding for recycling and composting schemes were prioritised in the Welsh Assembly Governments Draft Budget for Environment, Sustainability and Housing. Davidson said: Wales is clearly ahead of the target set for recycling and composting, which in addition to reducing the amount of rubbish that goes into landfill also helps in the battle against climate change. There are clear benefits to managing waste better through recycling, composting and creating renewable energy. We not only reduce the amount of waste put into landfill but also Wales carbon footprint. Davidson made her announcement at the Greenfield waste, recycling and composting facility in Greenfield, Flintshire a county that is one of the three leading local authorities in Wales for recycling and composting. Green facilities like this one in Flintshire will help people to see how much they can recycle or compost rather than throw away to be dumped into unsuitable landfill, she said. I am pleased that our waste priorities will benefit from an additional £90m over the next three years which will help dramatically to increase the amount of waste that is recycled or composted.

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