Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies has congratulated Welsh householders and local authorities on meeting Wales’ very first statutory recycling target, and has outlined how the Welsh Government will assist those local authorities who need more support.
Stats show that the total amount of local authority municipal waste generated in Wales has continued to fall since its peak in 2004-05, with 1.55m tonnes produced in 2012-13.
Alun Davies – “Wales is leading the way on recycling rates, well above the UK average. Our aim of zero waste to landfill by 2050 is a bold one, and there is more work to be done, but I’m very encouraged and proud of the progress we are making”
The percentage of local authority municipal waste that was reused, recycled or composted in Wales has seen a continued increase since 2000-01 with just over 52 percent of waste reused/recycled/composted during 2012-13 under the new definition.
During 2012-13, 13 of the 22 local authorities in Wales met or exceeded the statutory reuse/recycling/composting target of 52 percent.
The amount of residual waste continued to fall with 0.7m tonnes disposed of via landfill or other methods of disposal/treatment during 2012-13.
Alun Davies has written to local authorities to congratulate them on their achievement.
He said: “Thanks to the efforts of Welsh householders and local authorities, we are now recycling more than half our municipal waste. In the last decade the amount of black bin waste has decreased by more than 50 percent, which is a significant improvement.
“As a government we will continue to support local authorities as they work with us towards zero waste by 2050.
“In particular, we will be working proactively with those councils that need more support to increase their recycling rates.
“I am very conscious of the challenges local authorities face, so this year I have made the decision to waive fines for those authorities that have not met the targets. I expect those councils that missed the target to participate fully in the Collaborative Change Programme and the Welsh Government will work constructively with councils to support their efforts.
“I appreciate that some of the councils that have not met their targets have nevertheless made really good progress. Powys, for example, has increased its recycling by 9 percentage points on the previous year and it is this sort of progress that the Collaborative Change Programme can help Councils to achieve.”
The Collaborative Change Programme provides specialist advice and support to enable local authorities to achieve future targets with efficient services within their means.
Alun Davies added, “Wales is leading the way on recycling rates, well above the UK average. Our aim of zero waste to landfill by 2050 is a bold one, and there is more work to be done, but I’m very encouraged and proud of the progress we are making.”
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