AM welcomes county’s top spot in recycling league tables

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones, has warmly welcomed the news that Denbighshire reached an overall annual recycling rate of 56%, the highest level in Wales.

Provisional figures which indicate that Wales as a whole achieved an impressive 52% recycling between April 2012 and March 2013 and in doing so met its first statutory recycling target.

Mrs Jones said: “It is down to the hard work of people across Denbighshire taking their responsibilities seriously that we have been able to recycle so much of our waste.

“It’s very good news that Wales continues to be the top recycling nation in the UK by some distance and we should all take pride in this. I congratulate the Welsh Government, local authorities and most importantly, the people of Denbighshire for all working together to achieve this ranking”.

Latest quarterly figures for January 2013 to March 2013 show that recycling rates in Wales increased slightly on the same period in the previous year.

The figures demonstrate that Welsh householders are continuing to reduce the amount of household municipal waste they produce with January to March 2013 figures showing a 4% decrease on the January to March 2012 tonnage.

The Welsh Government has stated that will continue work with all local authorities in Wales to ensure their recycling rates keep on getting better. This will help keep Wales on track to meet its second statutory target of 58% recycling in 2015/16 and will ultimately reach the goal of becoming a zero waste nation by 2050.