Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Recycling Targets in Wales

Wales is set to become the first country in the UK to introduce statutory targets for recycling for local authorities. Welsh Assembly Government recently passed legislation which introduces legally binding targets for the amount of municipal waste that councils recycle or compost.

Conwy currently recycles and composts around 43% of its waste. The next target is to recycle and compost 52% by 2012/13 with an overall target of 70% by 2024/25, failure to meet the statutory target will incorporate a fine of £200 per tonne over this limit.

Conwy is looking to introduce improvements to its recycling collections and in the spring of next year, the improvements will include a weekly collection of:
Household Batteries
Tetra Packs

Conwy will also be collecting Garden waste and your black bin every other week.These improved collections will assist us to reach and go beyond the 52% for 2012/13.

I believe that these targets can be met but will be a challenge that needs a partnership approach, Residents, Conwy Council and Welsh Assembly Government working together in order for this to be achieved.I believe that jobs will be created in the recycling industry and Councils can make some money from selling the "Resources" it collects, it will also reduce our impact on our planet and the damage that we are currently doing to it. After all the damage to our planet will have to be faced by our children and grandchildren.


  1. Congratulations on driving this forward.

    I am one of many who were originally not very enthusiastic about having to complicate my life with sorting out stuff for re-cycling.

    However, when it started we went straight from a more-than-full wheelie every week to a half-full one for most fortnights. This showed me just how much can be achieved by re-cycling.

    Glad you are addressing the 'cardboard' bit of the equation. Plastic is easy enough (take it to ASDA) but running the gauntlet and danger of the badly-managed Mochdre re-cycling centre for all the things that don't get collected is not for the faint-hearted.

  2. I thought the EU directive was 50% ?
    Why are you dancing to the tune of the W.A.G and why should we pay for it ?

  3. Thanks Chris.
    Anon, Just think about the process in making a tin can from mining to processing. Then just using it once and throwing it into a hole in the ground. To me it makes no sense especially when we can sell aluminium at £700-£800 per tonne.