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  • Release date: 22 November 2018
  • Period covered: 2017-18 and April to June 2018
  • Next update: 21 February 2019
Data on the reuse, recycling and composting of municipal waste.

April to June 2018

Release date: 22 November 2018

Key points

  • Based on provisional data, the local authority municipal waste combined reuse/recycling/composting rate was 63 per cent for the 12 months ending June 2018. This is 1 percentage point lower than it was for the 12 months to the end of June 2017. However, this decrease is partly due to an improvement in the quality of reporting (see the 2017-18 statistical report).
  • In the April to June 2018 quarter, 66 per cent of local authority municipal waste in Wales was reused/recycled/composted. This represents an increase of 1 percentage point when compared with the same quarter of 2017.
  • In the April to June 2018 quarter, the total amount of local authority municipal waste generated in Wales increased by 3 per cent compared to the same quarter of 2017. The tonnage increased from 419 to 430 thousand tonnes.

2017-18

Release date: 17 October 2018

Key points

  • The percentage of local authority municipal waste that was reused, recycled or composted has increased considerably during the last two decades (from around 5 per cent in the late 1990s). For the first time, there was a small decrease in the rate between 2016-17 and 2017-18 (from 63.8 to 62.7 per cent). However, this decrease is partly due to an improvement in the quality of reporting.
  • 17 of the 22 local authorities reported a decrease in their reuse/recycling/ composting rates compared to 2016-17.
  • The total amount of local authority municipal waste collected decreased by 40,111 tonnes (2.5 per cent) and the amount of waste sent for recycling dropped 43,304 tonnes compared to 2016-17.

Notes

Data on waste management are collected in order to monitor progress towards national and local targets; in particular against the requirements of the Waste Framework Directive and the Landfill Directive. In its current waste strategy ‘Towards Zero Waste’ (2010), the Welsh Government set statutory targets of recycling 70 per cent of waste by 2024-25.

Data are sourced from the WasteDataFlow system, which is monitored by Natural Resources Wales. Quality information is available in accompanying Quality Report.
Natural Resources Wales monitors and assists Welsh local authorities to continually improve the accuracy of their reported end destinations in WasteDataFlow. From 2017-18 there has been enhanced validation of specific materials throughout the scheme year to improve the accuracy and consistency of reported end destinations amongst local authorities. Consequently, the provisional data published in quarterly releases is more susceptible to change throughout the scheme year than in previous years.

Further information

Key results and StatsWales are published quarterly and a report will be published annually.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 0300 025 5055
Email: stats.environment@gov.wales

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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