Carmarthenshire residents beat reycling target


Residents in Carmarthenshire are being congratulated for recycling 54% of their rubbish.
Official figures have now been released by Welsh Government showing local authorities’ reuse, recycling and composting rates for 2012/13.
Carmarthenshire exceeded Wales’ first statutory target of 52% - achieving a five per cent increase on the previous year.
Executive Board Member for Technical Services Cllr Colin Evans praised householders for their efforts in recycling their rubbish.
“The council could not have achieved this figure without the co-operation of householders in separating their waste to be recycled and composted and I would like to thank them for all their hard work,” he said.
“The recycling targets have been introduced to reduce the amount of biodegradable waste (for example paper, cardboard and food waste) going to landfill which produces methane leading to climate change.
“The targets continue to increase which means it will get more and more difficult for local authorities to meet them. It is therefore more important than ever that we do all we can to recycle and compost as much as possible.”
The next statutory target for Wales is 58% recycling by 2015/16.
Minister for Natural Resources and Food Alun Davies said: “Wales is leading the way on recycling rates, well above the UK average. Our aim of zero waste to landfill by 2050 is a bold one, and there is more work to be done, but I’m very encouraged and proud of the progress we are making.”

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