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Local authority municipal waste management

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  • Release date: 17 October 2018
  • Period covered: 2017-18
  • Next update: 22 November 2018
Data on the reuse, recycling and composting of municipal waste.

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.


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.

Further information

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


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