Welsh recycling rates up

Recycling is Wales is continuing to rise, according to latest figures. The Welsh Government said local authorities collectively surpassed the 52% recycling target, achieving 56.2%. That’s an increase of 1.9% […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Recycling is Wales is continuing to rise, according to latest figures.

The Welsh Government said local authorities collectively surpassed the 52% recycling target, achieving 56.2%.

That’s an increase of 1.9% on the previous year and an eight-fold rise since the 7% rate achieved in 2000/01.

The new report also showed local authorities are continuing to “significantly reduce” the amount of biodegradable municipal waste they send to landfill.

Around 256,000 tonnes of biodegradable waste were sent to landfill in 2014/15 compared to 345,000 the previous year.

Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant said: “I congratulate householders and local authorities of Wales for this fantastic achievement and I thank them for their commitment to recycling more and sending less waste to landfill than ever, maintaining our position as the best recyclers in the UK.”