Wales well on its way to becoming recycling leader

United Kingdom: Wales has gone a long way towards achieving the mandatory 70% reuse, recycling and composting target set for 2025. Latest government statistics for last year’s July-September period indicate a rate of 66% - equivalent to an increase of five percentage points when compared to the same quarter in the previous year.

In the 12 months to September 2016, Wales recorded a 62% recycling rate. Across the 22 local authorities, Ceredigion achieved the highest recycling rate (70%) and Blaenau Gwent the lowest (52%). If Wales reported as a separate country, say government officials, it would have the second-best recycling performance in Europe, according to reported weight-based rates; in first place is Germany on 66.1%.

Eurostat figures indicate that the UK and Italy share tenth place in Europe’s municipal waste recycling league table with a rate of 43.5%.

The Welsh Government’s 2010 strategy ‘Towards Zero Waste’ set a statutory target of 58% for 2016/17 as well as a 64% goal for 2020. 

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