A programme to help increase Welsh council recycling rates has been extended and given an extra £11.5m funding.
Welsh minister for natural resources and food, Alun Davies, announced that the Collaborative Change Programme (established in 2011) will run until at least the end of the 2015/16 financial year.
The Welsh government will provide £3.5m this year and a further £4m for each of the following years.
The programme provides specialist advice to councils to help them achieve their recycling targets economically.
Davies said: “This funding will be used to invest in projects that improve recycling rates and the quality of material collected, as we move towards zero waste in Wales.
“I want to see councils sharing good ideas and good practice through the Programme, so they can improve their performance and their efficiency.”
Examples of funding provided by the programme this financial year include:
- Powys County Council: £1.19m investment for acquisition and development of depots and bulking facilities to support its kerbside recycling service
- Newport City Council: £967,000 for purchase of land to extend a recycling facility, bins to store residual waste, and recycling boxes and food caddies
- Bridgend CBC: £66,500 for capital works on a Civic Amenity site
- Swansea City Council: £152,978 for an automatic number plate recognition system to better control the use of its Household Waste Recycling Centres
Davies added: “Welsh local authorities met an ambitious target last year, recycling 52% of municipal waste. They will play a big role in achieving a 70% recycling rate in Wales by 2025, and zero waste by 2050, the targets in our Towards Zero Waste strategy.”
He added that the targets put a clear focus on waste prevention, reuse, recycling and composting.
- In October 2013, Davies outlined plans to give Welsh ministers the power to extend the requirement for separate collections to include specified materials. Card, wood and food wastes were under consideration.