The Welsh Government has added £7.5m to the fund which provides grants for local authorities to boost their recycling.
Hannah Blythyn Senedd TV
Source: Senedd TV
Environment minister Hannah Blythyn (pictured) announced the extra cash under the Collaborative Change Programme (CCP) on a visit to Merthyr Tydfil’s recycling depot at Pentrebach.
The latest Defra statistics on recycling rates put Wales 12 percentage points above the UK. Depending on the measurement criteria used, this puts Wales second in Europe and third in the world.
Blythyn said Wales’ recycling success was a devolution success story.
“In the 20 years since Wales said yes, our recycling rate has increased from just over 5% to 64%. This is excellent news but I know there is still plenty of room for more.
“Our recycling achievements have been massively boosted through improvements and expertise provided by Welsh Government funding. This [CCP] funding will enable local authorities to adopt practices that lead to further improvements and help us achieve our ambitious targets.”
Kevin O’Neill, leader of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, said: “Since the implementation of CCP, Merthyr Tydfil has gone from a failing authority rated 22nd in Wales to 9th in Wales; achieved by recycling 62% of its municipal waste.
“Changes that were made to the recycling collection services include us going from a commingled to a multi-stream collection; reducing residual waste capacity and changing the infrastructure of the council’s recycling depot.”