Wales fractionally ahead on recycling

Wales recycled or composted 37% of municipal waste in 2008/09, according to data from the Welsh Assembly Government.1 This marginally exceeds both England’s and Scotland’s rates (ENDS Report 418, pp 20-21 ).

The figure is up from 33.4% in 2007/08. If this growth rate continues, Wales would meet its 40% target by 2010. Wales landfilled 61% of waste in 2008/09 and burned 2%.

Data have been issued on Welsh councils’ performance under the landfill allowances scheme. This shows they landfilled 599,703 tonnes of biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) in 2008/09 - far below the 2010 target of 710,000 tonnes.2 ?

  • Correction: Scotland reaches landfill goal
    In our November issue (ENDS Report 418, p 21 ), we said Inverness missed a BMW landfill target. We of course meant Inverclyde.
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