The Welsh Green Party has pledged to increase recycling rates to 70% by 2015 – 10 years ahead of the current Labour-Plaid Cymru coalition target.
According to the Welsh Green manifesto, the party would aim to reach zero waste by 2030, 20 years ahead of the target outlined in the Welsh waste strategy Towards Zero Waste published in 2010.
These targets would be achieved through:
- “Ruling out” use of waste incineration
- Using anaerobic digestion and mechanical biological treatment technologies to maximise residual waste recovery
- Ensuring local kerbside waste collection schemes are designed to maximise the recovery of dry recyclables
The manifesto also pledged to increase the use of biogas from organic sources such as agricultural and sewage waste materials, and work with water companies to develop digestion plants.
A Welsh Green Party spokesman told MRW: “In the long term the drive towards zero waste is dependent on waste not arising in the first place, the plastic bag levy is a very small step in this direction but the Assembly needs to use its new powers to tackle systemic waste as far as possible. By meeting our high recycling targets earlier we can then focus on creating a zero waste society.”
The level of municipal waste sent for recycling or composting in Wales stood at 42% in the final three months of 2010, according to the most recent Welsh Assembly Government figures.