The Welsh Labour Party manifesto has pledged to introduce regulations to restrict biodegradables from landfill in the next Assembly term if it is re-elected to the Welsh Assembly Government.
Powers to bring in restrictions on certain waste materials from landfill in Wales were awarded to ministers with the passing of the Waste (Wales) Measure in 2010 but have never been used.
In its manifesto, Labour also pledged to meet the target of 70% recycling by 2025 and zero waste by 2050, and to continue to invest in waste infrastructure to help “Wales meet the challenge of a zero waste strategy”.
The Towards Zero Waste strategy and waste reduction targets were put in place by the Welsh Labour-Plaid Cymru coalition Government, which was in power from 2007-11.
Plaid Cymru’s manifesto also remained “committed to the ambitious target of becoming a high-recycling nation by 2025 and a zero-waste nation by 2050” through reducing waste, produce re-use and “responsible recycling”.
The manifesto commitments have been welcomed by Welsh community recycling network Cylch.
Chief executive Mal Williams told MRW: “As the social enterprise partner in the Team Wales effort that resulted in the ambitious Towards Zero Waste strategy, Cylch is pleased that no political party manifesto contains any promises of reversal or dilution of the ambitious target that is now set.
“The manifestos strengthen the commitment to this path by various promises of using statutory measures to see it through. The current Labour – Plaid Cymru coalition Government showed strong leadership in making it clear that they thought 70% easily achievable and zero waste the obvious aim for all wastes not just household discards. The new government seems set to stick to that course, whatever its future colour may be.”