Longer-term improvements won't happen unless weaknesses are addressed, says Auditor General
Recycling rates in Wales are increasing, with more and more members of the public taking part. But, longer-term improvements are being hindered by substantial barriers to achieving the Welsh Government's waste strategy and weaknesses in the way performance is measured. That is the conclusion of a report, published today, by the Auditor General for Wales.
The report acknowledges the Welsh Government's efforts in making recycling a priority, with its ambitious vision for sustainability, its detailed recycling targets for local authorities and its injection of over £360 million in waste grants to councils since the year 2000.
With the overall recycling rate in Wales at 43.6 per cent, local authorities have made steady progress in meeting targets for waste. They now provide a range of facilities and services that give residents the opportunity to reuse, recycle and compost more of their rubbish. Recycling is increasingly a part of normal daily life for many citizens.