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Welsh councils get extra £3m for recycling

The Welsh Government has made an additional £3m in funding to help four local authorities meet their recycling targets.

The fund will target Flintshire, Neath Port Talbot, Wrexham and Newport City councils, and investment will be allocated for vehicles, containers, depots and equipment.

The money will help the councils to adhere to the Government’s ‘collections blueprint’, a waste collection regime that is designed to boost recycling rates and deliver cost savings.

In order to meet the requirements of the blueprint, the four councils will collect paper, glass, metals and plastics separately from households.

The authorities said they expect to meet the 2015-16 recycling target of 58%.

The funding is part of the Collaborative Change Programme (CCP), a joint initiative between the Welsh Government and the Welsh Local Government Association.

Carl Sargeant

Natural resources minister Carl Sargeant, left, said: “I am pleased to allocate a further £3m of funding to local authority partners to help them meet future recycling targets and reduce service costs.

“As more authorities adopt the collections blueprint, there will be a more consistent universal service across Wales.”

Newport and three other councils were recently spared £1.8m-worth of fines by the Government after they failed to hit a 52% recycling target.

The fines were waived after the four agreed to co-operate with the CCP, which aims to identify service changes that will boost efficiencies and deliver long-term cost savings.

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