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Welsh household recycling increases to 59%

Welsh local authorities have increased their annual recycling rate to 59%, according to provisional government data.

Recycling, reuse and composting in 2015 increased by three percentage points compared with the previous year.

Data for October to December last year shows the country achieved a 58% rate for the quarter, a five percentage point increase on the corresponding period in 2014.

The largest increases were reported for Caerphilly, Vale of Glamorgan and Wrexham, which all benefited from more residual waste being sent for incineration with the resulting incinerator bottom ash being recovered.

The amount of waste generated increased by 2% to 369,000 tonnes compared with the same quarter in 2014.

The residual household waste generated per person increased by 2%, rising to 50kg per person in October to December 2015, compared with the same quarter of 2014.

Keep Britain Tidy’s deputy chief executive Richard McIlwain said: ”The success in Wales reflects very badly on the situation here in England.

“If the Government is serious about getting to grips with waste then it needs to look at what has been implemented in Wales and consider whether measures such as targets for individual local authorities, streamlined and consistent recycling bins and collection frequencies, together with statutory requirements around food waste collection, could drive up the faltering recycling rate in England.”

Provisional data is published quarterly, with final data for the financial year published annually.

Lesley Griffiths took over this month from Carl Sargeant as the Welsh Government’s environment secretary. She had been the local government minister since 2013 and before that was the health minister.

Sargeant has become communities secretary.

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