In 2015-16 the average combined reuse, recycling and composting rate across the 22 local authorities in Wales was 60% – an increase of 4% on last year’s figure.
While the data is provisional, it shows Welsh councils have been able to exceed the new statutory recycling target of 58%.
As part of Wales’ long-term waste strategy, every local authority must meet recycling targets that rise to 70% by 2025 or face financial penalties.
‘This is the first year recycling levels have increased beyond the ambitious target of 58%, which is up from the previous year’s target of 52%,’ said the cabinet secretary for environment and rural affairs, Lesley Griffiths.
‘The fact these figures not only achieve the target but, in fact, exceed it is highly