The level of municipal waste in Wales sent for recycling and composting in the final three months of 2010 reached 42%, according to figures provided by the Welsh Assembly Government.
Between October and December 2010, the Welsh municipal recycling and composting rate rose five percentage points relative on the same period the previous year and represents the highest October to December recycling rate to date for Wales.
However, relative to the 45% recycling rate achieved between July and September, the Welsh recycling rate actually decreased by three percentage points which has been put down to poor weather.
Welsh environment minister Jane Davidson said: “It’s wonderful to see that recycling during October to December was higher than for the same period in any other year, particularly when one considers the terrible weather much of Wales experienced in December.
“I want to thank all the residents, local authorities and businesses across Wales who have done so much over recent years to reduce their waste and recycle more, and I wish them all every success in the coming years as Wales works towards its zero waste ambitions.”