Wales aims to exceed 50% recycling target in 2012

Welsh environment minister John Griffiths has identified food waste as a key driver in exceeding a 50% recycling target in 2012 as he urged people in Wales to recycle more.

According to the minister, recycling rates in Wales have risen from just 7% in 2000 – 2001 to a peak of 48% between April to June 2011 – making recycling rates in Wales the highest in the UK.

However, he warned that there was still a “long way to go” to meet the Welsh Government’s target of 70% recycling by 2025, adding that increased food waste recycling was needed.

Mr Griffiths, said: “We must not rest on our laurels. A bit of extra thought and effort from all of us around how we manage our waste should ensure that 2012 is the year in which recycling in Wales peaks above the significant 50% milestone. This means recycling wherever possible and separating out food waste to prevent it clogging up landfill sites.”

The minister did however note that while recycling is an “important element of sustainable waste management” Wales must also work towards meeting the other ambitions set out in its waste strategy ‘Towards Zero Waste’ in order to become a “more resource-efficient society”.

Carys Matthews

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