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Welsh councils praised for recycling rate

Natural resources minister Carl Sargeant has praised Welsh councils on the success of their recycling services. which surpass those in England and Northern Ireland.

The Recycling Carbon Index Report from Eunomia, released earlier in May, claims that Wales outperformed the other countries in the carbon emission reductions achieved through recycling.

The report shows Wales saved an average of 84kg CO2 per person in 2013-14 in comparison to 67kg in England and 65kg in Northern Ireland.

The index assesses the success of local authority recycling services by measuring the amount of each material that is recycled and then quantifying the CO2 saved per material.

Carl Sargeant

Sargeant (left) said: “Wales has established itself as one of the leading nations in the world in terms of recycling, and these figures further demonstrate the good work being done.

“We saved over 25% more CO2 than both England and Northern Ireland last year, which reflects the higher recycling rates achieved in Wales and reinforces that we are recycling more of the right materials in the right ways.”

Earlier this month, the Welsh Government said it was pushing through an Environment Bill that includes a requirement on businesses to separate recyclable materials and a ban on incinerating recyclable materials.

However, Viridor’s Dan Cook was sceptical of the Bill, which will not be implemented until 2017, saying it had a “one size fits all” approach to waste collections.

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