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  • Release date: 28 June 2018
  • Period covered: October to December 2017
  • Next update: 17 October 2018
Data on the reuse, recycling and composting of municipal waste.

Key points for October to December 2017

  • Based on provisional data, the local authority municipal waste combined reuse/recycling/composting rate was 63 per cent for the 12 months ending December 2017. This is the same percentage as it was for the 12 months to the end of December 2016.
  • In the October to December 2017 quarter, 61 per cent of local authority municipal waste in Wales was reused/recycled/composted. This represents a decrease of 1 percentage point when compared with the same quarter of 2016.
  • In the October to December 2017 quarter, the total amount of local authority municipal waste generated in Wales increased by 1 per cent compared to the same quarter of 2016. The tonnage increased from 363 to 366 thousand tonnes. 


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 the 2016-17 annual 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 will be 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.


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