Local authorities in Wales have reported an average household recycling and composting rate of 63% – up four percentage points over the same time a year ago and double that of a decade ago.
The Welsh figure is for the 12 months up to December 2016, and compares with 59% during the same period from the previous year.
Altogether, 19 of 22 Welsh councils increased their recycling rate by at least one percentage point in the latest quarterly data when compared with October-December 2015.
When grouped together rural authorities continue to have the highest recycling rate, with an average of 65%.
Ceredigion reported the highest rate of 70% with Blaenau Gwent lowest on 54% – but up five percentage points.
The total amount of municipal waste generated decreased, with the tonnage falling from 369,000 tonnes in 2015 to 363,000 in the same quarter of 2016.
The residual household waste generated per person was 47kg, down 4% on a year before.
Environment secretary Lesley Griffiths said the data was “encouraging evidence” that the country was meeting the ambition of its Programme for Government.
“The latest report shows we are still exceeding our statutory 58% recycling target and remain well on track to meet our 70% target by 2025,” she said.
“This achievement has not been easy, but we have made some significant changes. I would like to thank householders and local authorities for embracing these and making a real commitment to recycling.”
Griffiths said challenges remained, particularly tackling the proportion of recyclable materials still being put into the residual collection.
“It’s important we continue to work together to make sure this material is recycled so we can reduce the impact on the environment and reduce costs for local authorities.”