Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, has welcomed the Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths’, announcement that an additional £60,000 has been granted to help Swansea Council implement improvements in its recycling services as part of a £5.75m package across Wales.
Welcoming the announcement Mrs Evans said:
“I am proud of Wales’ record on recycling and welcome the additional funding for Swansea Council. Swansea recycling efforts continue to improve year on year with the overall recycling rate in 2014/2015 at 56.7%."
Swansea is on of ten local authorities across Wales receiving a share of the funding as part of the Welsh Government’s Collaborative Change Programme (CCP). The funding will allow local authorities to invest in equipment such as recycling vehicles, make improvements to collections and depot facilities and enable them to improve their rates of recycling. Swansea will use its funding to improve Household Waste Recycling Centres.
Figures show that Wales has the highest municipal recycling rate in the UK and would be in the top four in Europe if it were separately reported. The Welsh Labour Government’s aim is for Wales to have the highest national municipal recycling rate in the world with the ultimate ambition of achieving a ‘carbon neutral Wales' by 2020.