How we can learn from the Welsh recycling success story

Despite already being a recycling trailblazer, Wales is consulting on a further increase to its recycling target, providing a lesson in waste management that can be learned across the rest of the UK.

Dr Andy Rees, head of waste strategy, Welsh governmentThe devolution of waste policy in 1999 has been a great success story for Wales.  The municipal waste recycling rate was only 5% in 1999, one of the lowest rates in the European Union. The Welsh government’s duty to promote sustainable development acted as the catalyst to drive a huge improvement in recycling. Wales’ recycling rate now stands at 63% according to recently published provisional figures for 2016.

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