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Guidance to help planners following the publication of the Waste Collections, Infrastructure and Markets Sector Plan.

In June 2010 we launched Towards Zero Waste. This is our waste overarching strategy document, which outlines our plans to be recycling 70 per cent of our waste by 2025 and be a zero waste one planet nation by 2050.

Towards Zero Waste partially replaces our 2002 strategy Wise About Waste. It will be complimented by sector plans which will detail exactly what actions we will need to take to reach these targets. A consultation on the first of these plans, the Municipal Sector Plan, ran from 21 June 2010 – 13 September 2010.

We first published the Composition of Municipal Solid Waste in Wales report in 2003 and published a new report in 2010. These show exactly what we as householders, throw away in Wales and provide important information to help us plan what we need to do to increase our municipal waste recycling rate.

Statutory Guidance: Local Authority Recovery Targets

12/04/17
The Local Authority Recovery Targets set under the Waste (Wales) Measure 2010 are intended to promote high levels of recovery and to realise concomitant benefits.
 

A study of Employment in the Municipal Waste Sector in Wales

31/01/17
This report highlights how waste services are currently providing economic benefits in Wales together with wider social benefits.
 

Legal definition of waste

10/05/16
How to decide if a material is waste or not – advice for organisations such as businesses, local authorities and charities.
 

End-destinations Review

21/03/16
Local authorities are required by The Recycling, Preparation for Re-use and Composting Targets (Monitoring and Penalties) (Wales) Regulations 2011 to report the final destinations of their recycled materials.
 

The review of the Collections Blueprint

21/03/16
The Collections Blueprint, published in 2011, is our policy document describing our recommended service for the collection of waste from households.
 

Statutory Guidance: Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice

10/03/16
Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 imposes a duty of care on everyone involved in handling controlled waste, from the person who produces it to the person who finally disposes of or recovers it.
 

Environment Bill: Waste recycling proposals background documents

10/05/15
These reports provided us with the evidence base to develop legislative proposals to increase recycling in Wales.
 
Municipal Sector Plan

Municipal Sector Plan

20/02/15
The Municipal Sector Plan only covers waste collected by Welsh Local Authorities or that is collected by private or third (voluntary) sector waste management companies for Local Authorities. Waste not collected in this way will be covered in other sector plans.
 

Waste Strategy Progress Report 2002-2008

19/12/14
This progress report, coinciding with the publication of Towards Zero Waste, summarises the delivery of our first waste strategy, Wise About Waste, published in June 2002.
 

Guidance on the Separate Collection of Waste Paper, Metal, Plastic and Glass

17/12/14
This guidance sets out the requirements for the separate collection of four waste materials (paper, metal, plastic and glass), as prescribed by the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 (as amended) and will support all Welsh organisations affected.
 

Food Manufacture, Service and Retail Sector Plan

19/09/14
A Plan to reduce and recycle food waste and associated packaging for organizations and companies in the food and drink sector in Wales.
 

Welsh local authority recycling figures: Recycling destinations report 2012 - 2013

15/07/14
This report is a review of the destination of waste collected for recycling as reported by the local authorities in Wales between April 2012 and March 2013.
 

Evidence base for waste prevention programme

03/12/13
We considered a range of published evidence to inform the development of the waste prevention programme, as referenced in the programme document.
 

Industrial and commercial waste sector plan

03/12/13
This plan details outcomes, policies and actions on waste for organisations, companies and individuals in the industrial and commercial sectors in Wales.
 

Environment Bill White Paper: Waste recycling proposals background documents

23/10/13
These reports provided us with the evidence base to develop legislative proposals to increase recycling in Wales.
 
Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

27/08/13
We have created a question and answer document about energy from waste.
 

Welsh local authority recycling figures: end destinations report 2011 - 2012

22/03/13
This report is a review of the destination of waste collected for recycling as reported by the local authorities in Wales between April 2011 and March 2012.
 
Construction and demolition sector plan

Construction and demolition sector plan

01/03/13
This plan details outcomes, policies and actions on waste for organisations, companies and individuals in construction and demolition (C & D) in Wales.
 

Collections, Infrastructure and Markets Sector Plan

13/07/12
This Sector Plan which covers the management of all waste in Wales and suggests where improved recycling is needed.
 

Guidance on Applying the Waste Hierarchy

19/01/12
Many Welsh businesses and public bodies are unaware of how much waste costs them.
 

The Impact of Rejects on the Recycling Rates of Local Authorities in Wales

09/12/11
This report examines the current gap between reported and actual recycling rates across Wales.
 
The Kerbside Dry Recyclables Collections Study - Wales

The Kerbside Dry Recyclables Collections Study - Wales

30/03/11
We commissioned Eunomia Consulting to carry out a study of kerbside recycling in Wales. This study was carried out in three phases. Phase one was a literature review of previous work in this area. Phase two looked in detail at six Welsh local authorities. Phase three was an all Wales modelling exer ...
 

The Composition of Municipal Solid Waste in Wales

24/05/10
We commissioned two reports to determine what’s in the waste collected from homes by local authorities (municipal waste) in Wales. The first report was published in 2003 and the second in 2010.