Welsh government considers 80% recycling target

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Welsh Minister for Environment Hannah Blythyn speaking at this year's CIWM Conference Cymru

The Welsh government is considering setting an 80% recycling target for its municipal waste by 2035, according to Hannah Blythyn, Welsh Minister for Environment.

Speaking at the CIWM Resource Conference Cymru, Blythyn announced that the Welsh government is working on an “enhanced” behaviour change project to help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and it will this year publish an independent evaluation of its waste strategy.

The review will also consider alternative targets around carbon and specific wastes.

Blythyn told delegates the Welsh government will look at updating current local authority recycling targets to align with the new EU definition of municipal waste.

Wales is also looking to align itself with what the EU and UN are doing for food waste targets in the context of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

She said: “In Wales we take our duty to achieve sustainable development very seriously. We’ve extended our lead as the best household waste recycling nation in the UK to 12 per cent above the UK average, putting us second in Europe and third in the world.”

Earlier this month, it was confirmed that the Welsh government will be awarding over £7.5m to support improvements in recycling services.

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