Wales plans to become recycling ‘world leader’

Posted on 17th March, 2011

Wales plans to become recycling ‘world leader’

The Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) has set out ambitious recycling targets with the key aim of becoming a “world leader” in waste management.

Local councils in Wales have been warned that based on the amount of waste that is currently going to landfill, extra costs of £50m a year will be incurred by 2014.

The emphasis has therefore been put upon diverting waste from landfill and putting a good recycling programme in place. Environment minister Jane Davidson has re-iterated that better recycling programmes are an economic, as well as environmental, imperative.

“I want Wales to be a world leader in resource management and I want Welsh councils, Welsh businesses and Welsh workers to benefit from being a high-recycling society,” she said.

The new plans will see Wales recycling 70 per cent of its waste by 2025, with zero waste being sent to landfill by 2050.