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Wales Succeeds in Reducing Landfill Waste

Figures announced today reveal that every local authority in Wales has met strict limits, set by the Assembly Government, on the amount of biodegradable waste it can send to landfill sites. Wales, as a whole is also currently within its 2009/10 target set by Europe. The Landfill Allowances Scheme (LAS) limits the amount of biodegradable municipal waste (such as paper, cardboard, kitchen scraps and garden cuttings) councils are allowed to send to landfill, instead encouraging the recycling, composting and treatment of this waste. This reduces the negative environmental effects of landfilled waste, including carbon emissions produced by these sites.

Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing Jane Davidson said:

“I am delighted that for the fourth successive year each Welsh local authority has exceeded its LAS targets.”

I would like to congratulate every Local Authority for its hard work and commitment and for their continued success in working towards this target.

These figures show clearly that nationally Wales is ahead of the target set for diverting biodegradable municipal waste from landfill which in addition to reducing the amount of rubbish that goes into landfill also helps in the battle against climate change.

Ms Davidson continued:

“As a nation we need to reduce the amount of waste that we send to landfill as this is the least sustainable method of managing our waste.”

We need concerted effort by everyone, both householders and businesses to achieve more recycling and less landfill. More…

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