Wales Climbs the International Recycling League

A new report has revealed that Wales is now the third best recycling nation in the world, thanks to action by the Welsh Labour Government.

The report from Resource places Wales third in the municipal recycling world rankings behind the leaders Germany and Taiwan.

The figures also put Wales closely behind Germany as Europe’s second best recyclers. Whilst the report carries the caveat that comparison between countries remains difficult it cites Wales as a global leader due to investment and political leadership.

The new figures reflect the high emphasis that Welsh Labour Government places on recycling levels.  The Government are awarding eight Welsh Local Authorities up to £3million to help increase the amount of waste they recycle.  The funding - through the Welsh Government’s Collaborative Change Programme - will be awarded to:

  • Anglesey,
  • Blaenau Gwent,
  • Flintshire,
  • Powys,
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff,
  • Swansea,
  • the Vale of Glamorgan, 
  • Wrexham

It will help these Local Authorities to update their recycling methods, update recycling equipment, increase recycling rates, potentially create new jobs and increase value for money. It will also help meet the cost of a new Household Recycling Centre in Newtown.

The latest quarterly statistics - for the 12 months ending in September 2016 -  show that Wales continues to lead the way in the UK when it comes to recycling with an average combined reuse, recycling and composting rate across Wales’ 22 Local Authorities of 62%. This is an increase of four percentage points on the same reporting period from the previous year and exceeds the current 58% recycling target.

Wales is now recycling double the amount it did a decade ago and continues to be used as an example of good practice for other UK nations.


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