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Welsh Assembly Government launches statutory recycling consultation

Environment Minister Jane Davidson is calling on Welsh local authorities to take part in a consultation on statutory targets for municipal recycling.

The Welsh Assembly Government is consulting on the definitions of recycling, preparation for re-use and composting; the monitoring arrangements and the financial penalties for not meeting statutory targets.

Wales is set to become the first country in the UK to introduce statutory recycling targets. On 2 November the National Assembly for Wales passed legislation to introduce statutory municipal recycling targets.  The first target year is 2012-2013.

The Minister said:

“The Waste Measure is an important piece of legislation for Wales, and a huge step forward in our aims to reach 70 per cent recycling by 2025 and be a zero waste nation by 2050.

“Our local authorities have already done a fantastic job in contributing to Wales’ recycling rate increasing by more than anywhere else in the UK in the past decade. I want them to keep up the good work and urge them to take part in this consultation.”

The consultation closes on 21 January 2011.

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