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Local authority municipal waste management

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  • Release date: 19 October 2017
  • Period covered: 2016-17
  • Next update: 23 November 2017
A report that provides information on the reuse, recycling and composting of municipal waste.

Key points

  • The percentage of local authority municipal waste (excluding abandoned vehicles) that was reused, recycled or composted in Wales has continued to increase since 2000-01, with 63.8 per cent of waste reused/recycled/composted during 2016-17.
  • During 2016-17, 20 of the 22 local authorities in Wales met or exceeded the statutory reuse/ recycling/composting target of 58 per cent.
  • The total amount of local authority municipal waste (excluding abandoned vehicles) generated in Wales has generally fallen since its peak in 2004-05. The 1.59 million tonnes generated in 2016-17 represents a decrease of 0.3 per cent on 2015-16.
  • The amount of waste sent to landfill continued to fall, with 151 thousand tonnes (10 per cent) managed in this way during 2016-17.

Further information

Provisional data is published quarterly, with final data for the financial year published annually.


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