Wales is now producing less household waste and recycling more, according to Welsh Assembly Government Environment Minister Jane Davidson.
The latest figures for the third quarter of 2008-09 show that households produced 4 per cent or 16,519 tonnes less waste than they did for the same period in 2007-08.
The combined recycling and composting rate was up from 31 per cent to 35 per cent. The figures also reveal that, during this period, the residual household waste in Wales was on average 77 kilograms per person, compared to 87 kilograms per person for the same period in 2007-08.
Davidson said: The more we recycle the less we throw away into landfill the less our impact will be on the planet. It is encouraging to see that levels of recycling have increased on the previous year and that the Welsh public have maintained their commitment to recycling.
The Assembly Governments national Waste Strategy for Wales is being reviewed to take account of the pressures of sustainable development, climate change, ecological footprint and resource efficiency. A new Waste Strategy consultation will out at the end of April.