The provisional statistics show that the combined re-use, recycling and composting rate of local authority municipal waste remained at 52 percent for the 12 months to the end of March 2013; however, this represents a 2 percent increase when compared to the same period in 2012.
This is the 2012-13 Statutory Recycling Target for the country.
The data also shows that the percentage of local authority municipal waste prepared for re-use, recycled or composted in Wales has generally been increasing for the January to March quarter, however in 2013 it remained at the same rate of 50 percent compared to 2012.
Chris Murphy, CIWM – “It is highly encouraging to see Wales reaching its recycling targets and at the same time minimising the amount of waste created per household. Raising awareness of the need to prevent waste seems to be working, and that is incredibly positive”
The total amount of local authority municipal waste generated in Wales has decreased according to stats, with the tonnage four percent lower than for the same quarter in 2012.
The residual household waste produced per person in Wales also continued to decrease, falling to 53 kilograms per person in January to March 2013, from 55 kilograms per person in January to March 2012.
With the release of the statistics, the Welsh Government t noted that from 1 April 2012 there was a change in how waste was reported as sent.
It said in a statement: “The new reporting method classes waste as sent when it reaches its final destination rather than when it was released by local authorities. This can potentially result in a time lag that can overlap into other quarters. Therefore year-on-year comparisons with quarters using the previous reporting method (ie, prior to April 2012) should be treated with caution since they did not face this potential time lag.”
CIWM deputy chief executive Chris Murphy said: “It is highly encouraging to see Wales reaching its recycling targets and at the same time minimising the amount of waste created per household. Raising awareness of the need to prevent waste seems to be working, and that is incredibly positive.
“What is of slight concern is that the figures are consistent with the UK trend of recycling levels beginning to plateau, and this is an issue that needs to be addressed. However, Wales is still setting the benchmark in the UK, and the efforts of each Welsh local authority and its inhabitants should be applauded.”
The Welsh Government’s waste strategy Towards Zero Waste has a goal of 70 percent municipal waste recycling by 2025, and has a set of Statutory Recycling Targets to be reached in the intervening years. The next target is 58 percent recycling, to be reached by 2015-16.