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Recycling in Wales doubles in one decade

Staff Writer | October 7, 2016
The latest and final recycling figures for this year reveal Wales is recycling double the waste it did a decade ago and is exceeding the current statutory recycling target of 58%.
Recycling in Wales
Ecology   Wales has recycling target of 58%
The final results for 2015/16 show the average combined reuse, recycling and composting rate across Wales’ 22 Local Authorities was 60%, an increase of 4 percentage points on last year’s final figure and 30 percentage points more than nine years ago.

It is also 2 percentage points higher then the current Statutory Recycling Target of 58%.

Further figures show the amount of biodegradable municipal waste Local Authorities are sending to landfill has reduced by 80% in a decade. Authorities sent 170,567 tonnes of biodegradable waste to landfill in 2015-16, 58% less than the legal allowance of 410,000 tonnes. All 22 Local Authorities achieved their individual allocated allowance.

Reducing the amount of biodegradable waste going to landfill helps to cut greenhouse gas emissions, preventing the production and release of methane into the air from landfill sites.