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Towards Zero Waste (TZW) is the overarching waste strategy document for Wales.

It is supported by a suite of sector plans and other documents, which together with TZW, comprise the statutory waste management plan for Wales.

The waste management plan delivers ministerial priorities for:

  • developing a circular economy,
  • the goals of the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015,
  • green growth,
  • resource efficiency,
  • tackling poverty,
  • increasing resilience for the Welsh economy.

TZW Sector Plan and Waste Prevention Programme Actions, June 2010 to March 2016, Summary Report


This report summarises progress against commitments and actions from the waste management plan to March 2016. Particular achievements outlined in the report include:

  • We lead the UK in recycling municipal waste by a significant margin, recycling 60% in 2015/16.
  • Between 2009 and 2014 we reduced waste related greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 9.6% per year.
  • Despite an increase between 2014-15 and 2015-16, we made general progress in reducing household waste arisings by an average of 1 per cent per year from 2009/10 to 2015/16.
  • We met the EU target for biodegradable waste collections sent to landfill eight years early.

TZW Progress Report, June 2015


This document sets out progress against the targets and other commitments in the TZW strategy document.


Going forward

We will consult on a refresh of the TZW strategy in July 2018 to ensure it complements the aims set out in the Well-being of Future Generations Act (Wales) 2015 and the Environment (Wales) Act 2016. Our objective is to continue progressing towards our One Planet Goal of reducing the impact of waste in Wales to within our environmental limits by ensuring our plans and programmes will continue to plan and manage Wales’ natural resources proactively, sustainably and in a joined-up way, ensuring present needs are met without compromising the needs of future generations.

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