58 per cent: Welsh households and local councils are recycling more than ever

Source: Welsh Government

Cardiff — According to latest provisional quarterly results for July – September 2014, households and local councils in Wales recycled more than ever. Recycling, reuse and composting rates reached 58 percent. The combined reuse/recycling/composting rate of local authority municipal waste increased to 55 per cent for the 12 months to the end of September 2014, compared to 53 per cent for the 12 months to the end of September 2013.

The total amount of local authority municipal waste generated in Wales decreased, with the tonnage falling by 2 per cent, compared to the same quarter in 2013. The residual household waste produced per person in Wales continued to decrease, falling to 51 kilograms per person in July to September 2014, from 52 kilograms per person during the same quarter in 2013.

The Welsh Minister for Natural Resources, Carl Sargeant, underlined: „I want to thank households and councils in Wales for their continued efforts and commitment to recycling. Welsh households are taking advantage of weekly food waste collections and campaigns such as Love Food, Hate Waste are helping people to waste less and save money on food shopping. The decrease in black bin waste is particularly pleasing, with Wales continuing to lead the UK in terms of recycling and moving towards a zero waste future.“

But he added: „It’s important, however, that we are not complacent. Whilst our waste strategy is baring fruit, it is clear that certain councils are performing better than others. There should be no excuses, we should all strive to do more and continue to improve in order to build on our recent recycling success and ensure Wales continues to rank among the best in Europe in terms of recycling.“

The full „Local authority municipal waste management, July – September 2014“ report can be downloaded from wales.gov.uk.

Source: Welsh Government