Welsh Recycling Rates Continue to Rise

1st Sept 17


The Welsh Government has released a statement to confirm that the reuse/recycling/composting rate increased across Wales to 64 per cent for year end March 2017

These are provisional figures however it shows an increase of 4% compared to the previous year.

The increase has allowed Wales to achieve its statutory target of 64%  3 years early and places Wales as the third highest recycling country in the Word.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths responded to the data being published:

“These latest recycling figures make for extremely satisfying reading. They reveal the waste we are generating is decreasing while the amount we recycle continues to rise.

“We should be extremely proud of our recycling performance here in Wales. This is an area where we lead the way in the UK and indeed just two countries in the whole world recycle now more than we do.  

“We are always looking at how we can continue to improve. Only last week I announced I intend to consult on plans to halve food waste by 2025. I am confident this is achievable thanks to the continued efforts of Local Authorities and householders’ commitment to recycling. Today’s figures prove they clearly share our ambition for Wales to become a zero waste nation by 2050”.

Read the full announcement from the Welsh Government here