45% of Welsh municipal waste was recycled, reused or composted between July and September 2010, according new figures.
Under the provisional figures for the second quarter of the 2010/2011 year, the Welsh recycling rate increased four percentage points compared to the same period in 2009.
The statistics also reveal that 409,000 tonnes of municipal waste arisings were generated across Wales between July and September last year, a reduction of 23,000 tonnes on the July and September 2009 survey period.
Welsh environment minister Jane Davidson said: “If we are to reach our goals of recycling 70% of our waste by 2025 and being zero waste by 2050 we cannot afford to lose momentum.”
“Every council, every community, every business and every home needs to play its part in delivering the high recycling Wales deserves.”
45% is the highest quarterly recycling rate for Wales yet.