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Welsh recycling rates rise

The Welsh Environmental Services Association (Wesa) has welcomed figures which show that 20 out of 22 local authorities in Wales met new recycling targets for Q1 of 2015.

The trade association for Wales’ resource and waste management sector described  the 2% rise in recycling across the country as “impressive”.

Policy adviser Jakob Rindegren said: “The recycling figures show an impressive increase from 54% to 56%, with 20 of 22 local authorities meeting the current statutory target of 52%. At the same time waste arisings in Wales decreased by 5% compared with the same quarter (January-March) last year. 

“The figures really demonstrate to the whole of the UK what is possible when a Government combines a set of clear ambitious targets with an active approach to seeing these targets met.”

The rise in recycling comes as the Welsh Government increases its efforts to improve waste management across the country. In 2014 Alun Davies launched a prospectus urging businesses in Wales to help the devolved government expand a ‘green economy’.

The plans included a £750m investment in waste infrastructure and new borrowing powers for up to £500m of capital investment. The Government also launched Resource Efficient Wales, a body which provided a single point of advice on energy, waste and water.

Rindegren added:“Wesa’s members will continue to work closely with their local authority partners to make sure the positive development continues.”



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