WAG's Drive to Improve Recycling; LETTERS
WALES leads the way in recycling in the UK. This is due in no small part to the way in which our local authorities and householders work together with the Assembly Government to help us meet our recycling ambitions. So I was mystified to read your story about the Assembly Government being convinced to 'ditch its plan to scrap the county''s popular recycling scheme''. (U-turn on single-bin recycling - WAG plan to scrap successful scheme labelled 'barmy'' as 5,000 voice anger, 15 March) The Assembly Government has never proposed that any existing services should be scrapped; such a decision would rest with local authorities, not Cardiff Bay. What we did do - in summer 2010 - was run a consultation on how to boost municipal recycling rates. As is the usual practice for a consultation we asked respondents to consider a wide range of solutions for how we could best achieve this. We considered all the responses, and published the final Municipal Sector Plan earlier this month.
As early as 2014 Welsh councils will face additional landfill costs of pounds 50 million per year unless they reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. If they are to avoid these new costs they must adopt recycling collections which are both environmentally sound and cost-effective.
An independent report published this year concluded that kerbside sort collections - the Assembly Government''s favoured method - provided the best outcomes on environmental and financial grounds, and that the benefits of this system would grow with an increase in recycling rates. …