Local Labour AMs Julie James, Rebecca Evans and Mike Hedges have appealed to Swansea residents to help make Wales the global leader in recycling after new figures revealed that the country is now the third best in the world at recycling.
A new report from research company Eunomia shows that Wales is making impressive progress in increasing the amount it recycles as a nation. Wales is in third place in the report’s analysis of world recycling rates, following closely behind the leaders Germany and Taiwan. The figures also put Wales closely behind Germany as Europe’s second best recycling nation, well ahead of the other UK nations.
Swansea West AM, Julie James was eager to pay tribute to Swansea residents for the part they continue to play in reducing household waste.
“The news that Wales is now the third best recycling nation in the world is a tribute to the action of householders and councils in areas like Swansea who are helping to make the Welsh Labour Government’s ambitious recycling targets a reality.”
“It is pleasing to see that people across the length and breadth of Wales can see the benefits of making the best use of our resources and the important economic and environmental benefits that come with it.”
Gower AM, Rebecca Evans commented: “Wales’ position as a world leader in recycling is something we can all be proud of. Figures show that we are now recycling double the amount of waste we recycled a decade ago, with an impressive rate of 62% according to the most recent statistics. This is good news for our local environment, with significantly less waste going to landfill.”
“However, there is a great deal more that we can all do to boost these rates further. That is why the Welsh Labour Government wants Wales to become the highest recycling nation with a zero waste approach.”
Swansea East AM, Mike Hedges, added “We can all do our bit in making Wales the global leader in recycling. Small measures like recycling more of our food waste can make a huge difference to our environment and will see Wales’ recycling performance go from strength to strength.”
A range of useful tips and further information about recycling can be found at www.recycleforwales.org.uk