Welsh councils recycling rates hit record high

Recycling in Wales continues to increase and has reached its highest ever recorded level. New provisional figures reveal the amount of waste being recycled across Welsh councils hit 60% in […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Recycling in Wales continues to increase and has reached its highest ever recorded level.

New provisional figures reveal the amount of waste being recycled across Welsh councils hit 60% in the 12 months to the end of March.

The target for 2015/16 was 58%, rising to 64% by the end of the decade and 70% by 2025.

Lesley Griffiths, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs said: “This is the first year recycling targets have increased beyond the ambitious level of 58%, up from the previous year’s target of 52%.

“The fact these figures not only achieve the target but in fact exceed it is highly encouraging, showing we are continually improving our recycling rate.”

Ceredigion was the best performing authority, with a 68% recycling rate while Blaenau Gwent was the worst with 49%.

Out of 22 councils in Wales, Newport, Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen failed to hit the 58% goal.