Wales recycled 48% of its municipal waste in the 2011-12 year to March – a four percentage point increase on the previous year, according to provisional estimates.
The Welsh Government said the data, contained in Municipal Waste Management Release, January - March 2012, proved Wales was firmly on track to reach its 2012-2013 statutory target of 52%.
Environment Minister John Griffiths said he was “delighted” and congratulated both householders and local authorities.
Griffiths said one reason for the good progress was that every local authority in Wales offered weekly food collection services.
He added: “Separating out food waste not only diverts significant waste away from landfill, it also makes us far more aware of the food we are wasting, which can often result in reduced waste and lower food bills.
“The key thing now is that we continue to build on our recycling success so that we can meet our challenging targets of 70% recycling by 2025 and zero waste by 2050.
“I am very hopeful that this summer will see us breaking the 50% barrier.”
Welsh recycling in numbers
- During the past year Conwy and the Vale of Glamorgan local authorities had the biggest year-on-year increases. Both increased their recycling by 10 percentage points (Conwy from 42% to 52% and the Vale form 40% - 50%).
- The results for January –March 2012 show Wales recycled 48% of its municipal waste. This is an increase of 5 percentage points against the same three months in 2011 (43%).
- The statistics also report that residual household waste has continued to fall. During January - March every person in Wales produced on average 56 kilograms of waste, a drop of 9 kg per person compared with January – March 2011.