Many Welsh councils have met or surpassed statutory recycling targets which have been set, according to  

According to statistics released by the Welsh government, over half of Welsh councils have met or beaten the first statutory target of 52 per cent of rubbish placed in recycling bins by 2012/13. The targets are part of the government ‘Towards Zero Waste Strategy’.

Areas that have the most successful rates currently are Denbighshire, where locals recycled 57 per cent of their waste. Second for recycling rates were Powys and Caerphilly, with a 56 per cent rate. These areas also has the largest increase of recycling rate over the time period, increasing nine and seven per cent from 2011.

Talking about the statistics released, the Welsh minister for natural resources, Alun Davies, told “Our targets are very ambitious and so this is no mean feat. I am grateful to councils across Wales for the hard work they have put in to improving their collection services which have driven up recycling rates.”

He added: “We still have some way to go if we are to continue to achieve our ambitious recycling targets and I encourage everyone to spend a few extra minutes each week to separate out and recycle their rubbish.”

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