Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies (pictured), has announced extra investment and an extension to a programme that supports Welsh councils to increase recycling rates
The Collaborative Change Programme will run at least until the end of the 2015/16 financial year. This year, the Welsh Government is providing £3.5m in funding for local authorities, increasing to £4m each year from 2014/15.
The Programme is open to all Welsh local authorities and provides specialist advice to help them to achieve recycling targets with efficient services, within their financial means.
Alun Davies said: “Welsh local authorities met an ambitious target last year, recycling 52 percent of municipal waste.
Alun Davies – “I want to see councils sharing good ideas and good practice through the Programme, so they can improve their performance and their efficiency”
“They will play a big role in achieving a 70 percent recycling rate in Wales by 2025, and zero waste by 2050, the targets in our Towards Zero Waste strategy. These targets mean we are putting a clear focus on reuse, recycling and composting, as well as preventing waste in the first place.
“This funding will be used to invest in projects that improve recycling rates and the quality of material collected, as we move towards zero waste in Wales. I want to see councils sharing good ideas and good practice through the Programme, so they can improve their performance and their efficiency.”
Examples of Collaborative Change Programme capital funding provided this financial year include:
Powys County Council: £1.19m investment for the acquisition and development of depots and bulking facilities to support its kerbside recycling service
Newport City Council: £967,000 to be split between: the purchase of land to extend a recycling facility, bins to store residual waste, which is waste that cannot easily be recycled, and to purchase recycling boxes and food caddies
Bridgend CBC: £66,500 for capital works on a Civic Amenity site
Swansea City Council: £152,978 for an automatic number plate recognition system to better control the use of its Household Waste Recycling Centres.