Wales hits 52% recycling target

Wales has met its recycling target for the year up to March, according to provisional figures released by the Welsh Government. As part of its ‘Towards Zero Waste’ strategy the […]

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Wales has met its recycling target for the year up to March, according to provisional figures released by the Welsh Government.

As part of its ‘Towards Zero Waste’ strategy the government has set a target of reusing, recycling or composting 70% of waste by 2025. The goal of 52% for 2012-2013 has been hit, marking a 2% improvement over the previous year.

The recycling figure for the first quarter of this year was 50% – the same as for 2012 – and the amount of waste produced dropped by 4%.

While Wales met its recycling target on a national level, nine local authorities failed to meet the threshold. The worst performer was Rhonda Cynon Taf with only 46%. At the top of the table was Denbighshire which reused, recycled or composted 58% of its waste.

Alun Davies, the Welsh minister for natural resources and food said: “This is a real achievement and one that was born of hard work by local authorities and householder’s right across Wales. It means that Wales continues to be the top recycling nation in the UK by some distance and we should all take pride in this.”