Welsh Councils may miss 58% recycling target

Only eight out of 22 local authorities in Wales have reached or exceeded the nation’s target to recycle 58% of their waste until the second quarter of 2016. That’s according to […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Only eight out of 22 local authorities in Wales have reached or exceeded the nation’s target to recycle 58% of their waste until the second quarter of 2016.

That’s according to provisional data released by the Welsh Government which added the local authority municipal recycling rate in total was 57% by September 2015.

The government’s current “Towards Zero Waste” strategy set a 70% recycling and composting target by 2025.

To achieve the target, goals for key years. For 2015/16 a target of 58% was set for all local authority collected municipal waste.

The local authority with the highest rate by September last year was Pembrokeshire with 64%.

Blaenau Gwent had the lowest rate, falling to 49% from a rate of 52% a year earlier.