Welsh Councils Reach 62% Household Recycling

The local authority municipal waste combined reuse/recycling/composting rate increased to 62% for the 12 months to the end of September 2016, provisional data shows, compared with 58% for the 12 months to the end of September 2015. 

In the July to September 2016 quarter, 66% of local authority municipal waste in Wales was reused/recycled/composted, an increase of 5 percentage points when compared with the same quarter of 2015.

The total amount of local authority municipal waste generated in Wales increased, with the tonnage rising by 3%, from 411 to 425 thousand tonnes, compared to the same quarter of 2015.

The residual household waste generated per person decreased by 3%, falling to 49 kilograms per person in July to September 2016, compared with the same quarter of 2015.

Ceredigion was the best performing authority with a rate of 70%, while Blaenau Gwent was the worst at 52%.

The Welsh Government has set all councils a target of recycling 70% of waste by 2024-2025.

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