New waste and recycling stats published today
Wales has beat its landfill reduction target and once again exceeded its recycling targets according to new figures published today (Thursday, December 7).
The Welsh Government’s £1billion investment since devolution in municipal recycling has helped see rates catapult from just 4.8 per cent in 1998-1999, to 65.7 per cent today – higher than the statutory target of 64 per cent.
The recycling rate is the percentage of local authority collected municipal waste that is reused, recycled or composted.
In 2024-25, the statutory minimum target will raise to 70%, a figure which has already been met by five Welsh local authorities: Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Bridgend, Ceredigion and Monmouthshire
In total, 17 of Wales’ 22 local authorities exceeded the 64 per cent target, with 12 local authorities reporting an increase in performance on the previous year.
The figures published today also show the lowest ever amount of waste sent to landfill.
There has been a significant decrease in the proportion of waste disposed of via landfill (falling from 42.0% in 2012-13 to 1.6% in 2022-23). This already exceeds the Welsh Government’s target of less than 5% landfill by 2024-25.
Minister for Climate Change, Julie James said:
The landfill and recycling stats once again show us what can be achieved when we all work together to tackle climate change and put in the hard work to ensure we’re building a green and prosperous Wales for future generations.
Wales can be proud that its efforts are making a significant difference to emissions, saving around 400,000 tonnes of CO2 per year from being released into the atmosphere.
Our recycling track record and now near total shift away from landfill is a fantastic platform for us to build on to tackle the climate and nature emergencies – but now is not the time to get complacent.
I ask everybody in Wales to continue the great progress we’ve made on this journey for the common good – and really think about recycling as a valuable material for the economy.
Just last week, the Senedd passed a new law that should further improve Wales’ impressive recycling record.
The Workplace Recycling Regulations will require all business, public and third sector workplaces to separate key recyclable materials in the way that householders already do across most of Wales.
The law will come into force in April 2024 and will further increase recycling and reduce the amount of waste sent for incineration and to landfill.
Crucially it will also improve the quality and quantity of recyclable materials collected from workplaces, which will in turn capture important materials to be fed back into the Welsh economy.
Latest News from
“This Budget is designed to protect the core services we all rely on”– Finance Minister Rebecca Evans27/02/2024 14:05:00
Wales’ Final Budget for 2024 to 2025 has been published today, as persistently high inflation continues to erode public finances and difficult choices are made to protect core services.
£5.9 million of Welsh Government support given to businesses investing in research and innovation27/02/2024 11:05:00
Over fifty projects have been given £5.9 million of support from the Welsh Government to invest in equipment that will help develop and embed new innovative products and services.
Youth Work Excellence Awards: Winners announced27/02/2024 09:05:00
The Youth Work Excellence Awards are a chance to recognise and celebrate the outstanding youth work taking place across Wales.
Improvements in eating disorder care across Wales26/02/2024 14:05:00
The vast majority of people who need treatment for an eating disorder are seen in Wales and treated in their local communities.
Welsh Government helping to make children veg chomp-ions23/02/2024 14:05:00
Eat Them to Defeat them returns for its sixth year, to make veg fun, improve diets and increase children’s intake of vegetables by chomping away.
First Minister announces St David Awards 2024 finalists23/02/2024 10:15:00
First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced the finalists of this year’s St David Awards at an event at the Senedd.
Health Minister response to latest NHS Wales performance data – December 2023 and January 202422/02/2024 15:15:00
The Minister for Health and Social Services, Eluned Morgan, has issued a statement on the latest NHS Wales performance data published today.
Keeping Farmers Farming. Make sure we know your views - we are listening22/02/2024 14:20:00
As the consultation on the Sustainable Farming Scheme enters its final two weeks the Minister for Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths is urging people to take part in the consultation and make sure their views are heard.
More than £14m to improve emergency department at the Grange hospital22/02/2024 13:20:00
More than £14 million is being invested by the Welsh Government to extend and reconfigure parts of the Grange University Hospital emergency department, Health Minister Eluned Morgan has officially announced.
‘We must improve education around menstrual cycles in schools’ vows Deputy Minister for Social Partnership22/02/2024 11:05:00
‘More must be done to improving education around menstrual cycles if we are going to tackle period dignity in schools,’ Deputy Minister for Social Partnership Hannah Blythyn has vowed.