CLWYD SOUTH AM KEN SKATES has praised Labour-led Wrexham Council for helping turn the authority into one of the best recyclers in Wales.
New figures released this week show Wrexham Council hit a peak of recycling 55% of its municipal waste in September 2012.
Although this slipped back to 54% in the final quarter, it still ranks as one of the best recyclers in Wales, above the national average.
Across Wales the combined reuse/recycling/composting rate of local authority municipal waste increased to 52 per cent for the 12 months to the end of December 2012.
The Welsh Government has set a target of 70 per cent of waste being recycled by 2024/25.
CLWYD SOUTH AM KEN SKATES AM said:
“Wrexham has come such a long way since 2004 when it was ‘named and shamed’ by the Welsh Government as having one of the worst recycling rates in Wales, with just 3% of its waste being sent for recycling, reuse or for composting.
“It now recycles more than half of the municipal waste it produces, making it one of the best performing authorities around Wales. By the end of 2012 only three authorities across the country had a higher recycling rate.
“This is a great achievement by Wrexham Council and shows what can be achieved when there is strong political and administrative leadership to drive forward recycling rates.
“The innovative ‘Recycle with Michael’ campaign together with kerbside collections have helped bring significant change by getting everyone to think carefully about recycling waste in the home.
“With the new recycling centre at Bryn Lane, they are in a great position to make further progress towards the Welsh Government’s target of a 70% recycling rate by 2025.”
By the end of 2012 Wrexham Council reused, recycled and composted 54% of its municipal waste, compared to a Wales average of 52%
Link to the 2004 story of Wrexham Council being ‘Named and Shamed’ by the Welsh Government for its 3% recycling rate: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_east/3379641.stm