Cardiff — Wales Government has released provisional quarterly results from the WasteDataFlow system for January-March 2014 (Quarter 4, 2013-14). Accordingto the figures, the combined reuse/recycling/composting rate of local authority municipal waste increased to 54 per cent for the 12 months to the end of March 2014. The percentage of local authority municipal waste prepared for reuse, recycled or composted in Wales has generally been increasing for the January to March quarter; rising to 53 per cent in 2014 compared to 50 per cent in the same quarter of 2013.
Whilst the total amount of local authority municipal waste generated in Wales has generally decreased, there was 5 per cent more waste was generated during January to March 2014 than during January to March 2013. The residual household waste produced per person in Wales increased by less than one per cent in January to March 2014, compared to the January-March quarter in 2013.
The Welsh Government’s current waste strategy “Towards Zero Waste” has set a target of 70 per cent recycling/composting of municipal waste by 2025. To help achieve this overarching target, Statutory Recycling Targets have been set during key years , the most recent being 2012-13 with a target of 52 per cent for all local authority collected municipal waste.
The combined preparation for reuse, recycling and composting rate for Wales (known as the reuse/recycling/composting rate) continued to increase from 52 per cent for the 12 months to the end of March 2013 to 54 per cent for the 12 months to the end of March 2014, an increase of 2 percentage points.
Provisional data for 2013-14 indicates that the target of 52 per cent has been met at the Wales level. However at a local authority level, four local authorities are yet to meet the target based on the provisional data, though nine authorities fell short of the target during 2012-13.
The full provisional data can be downloaded under wales.gov.uk.
Source: Welsh Government