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Introduce target to reverse worrying decline in composting rates

2015 Hydref 9 3:24 PM

Welsh Liberal Democrats have raised concerns at statistics showing a decline in composting rates in nearly all of Wales' local council areas.

Statistics released today show that 20 out of the 22 Welsh local authorities showed a decline between Quarter 4 of 2014 and Quarter 1 of 2015 in the percentage of waste composted. Every authority except Merthyr Tydfil and Ceredigion experienced such a decline.

William Powell AM has called for a separate target for composting to be introduced. Currently local authorities are only measured on combined recycling, reuse and composting rates.

William Powell AM, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Environment Minister, said:

"We simply cannot let this decline in composting rates continue. With food and green waste producing harmful greenhouse gasses if sent to landfill, there's even more reason for us to get these services right.

"Currently there is no incentive for councils to improve composting rates; as long as they recycle enough, councils can get away with ignoring food and green waste levels. This is why we need specific targets for composting rates put in place as soon as possible.

"Wales has led the way with recycling services in the past, but this decline in composting rates is putting a blotch on our copy book. We should have the same ambition to run pioneering food and green waste collection to make Wales as green as it can be."

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Notes

The full dataset can be found at: https://statswales.wales.gov.uk/v/5b3