Cardiff, Wales – The 2014/15 recycling figures show that Welsh local authorities collectively met the 52 per cent target of reused, recycled or composted waste, achieving 56.2 per cent, an increase of 1.9 per cent compared to the previous year. The new figures continue the year on year improvement in the numbers recycling waste in Wales, which has seen an 8-fold increase in recycling rates since the 7 per cent rate achieved in 2000/01.
The total amount of local authority municipal waste (excluding abandoned vehicles) generated in Wales has generally fallen since its peak in 2004-05. The 1.54 million tonnes generated in 2014-15 represents a decrease of almost 1 per cent on 2013-14. The amount of waste sent to landfill continued to fall, with 0.5 million tonnes (30 per cent) managed in this way during 2014-15.
The 2014/15 Landfill Allowances Scheme (LAS) report shows that local authorities are also continuing to significantly reduce the amount of biodegradable municipal waste they send to landfill. Authorities sent 256,162 tonnes of biodegradable waste to landfill in 2014/15 compared to 345,022 tonnes in 2013/14, a reduction of 26 per cent. Since the scheme started in 2004, Welsh local authorities have achieved a 70 per cent reduction in the amount of biodegradable waste they landfill.
Welcoming the new figures Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant said: “I congratulate householders and local authorities of Wales for this fantastic achievement, and I thank them for their commitment to recycling more and sending less waste to landfill than ever, maintaining our position as the best recyclers in the UK. This has been made possible by the strong partnership between the Welsh Government and local authorities across Wales.”
Source: Welsh Government