4% higher than statutory target: Recycling in Wales reaches highest ever rate

Source: Welsh Government

Cardiff, Wales – “New figures published today show that Wales is recycling more than ever before and continues to lead the UK when it comes to recycling”, underlined Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant. The latest provisional figures indicate that the reuse, recycling and composting rate for 2014-15 is 56 per cent, an increase of 2 percentage points on last year’s figures and 4 per cent higher than the statutory target of 52 per cent.

The key points:

  • The local authority municipal waste combined reuse/recycling/composting rate increased to 56 per cent for the 12 months to the end of March 2015, based on provisional data, compared with 54 per cent for the 12 months to the end of March 2014.
  • The reuse/recycling/composting rate for local authority municipal waste in Wales increased by 3 percentage points in January to March 2015, compared with the same quarter of 2014.
  • The total amount of local authority municipal waste generated in Wales decreased, with the tonnage falling by 5 per cent, compared to the same quarter of 2014, and returning to a similar level to that reported for January to March 2013.
  • The residual household waste generated per person continued to decrease, falling to 47 kilograms per person in January to March 2015, from 53 kilograms per person during the same quarter of 2014.

Carl Sargeant welcomed the figures: “I’m very pleased to see the recycling rate continuing to increase in Wales. Local authorities have worked hard to encourage households to increase the amount they recycle and that seems to be making a difference. The decrease in non-recycled household waste is also very welcome news. To see this fall to 47 kilograms per person, for the January to March quarter of 2015, shows good progress in reducing this waste across Wales and means we have less than ever going to landfill.”

And the Minister added: “Although these figures are very welcome there is still work to be done to reach our ambitious zero waste goal. We will continue to work with local authorities to improve their performance and help them reduce costs. It’s only by working together we can continue to make Wales a world leader in recycling.”

Source: Welsh Government