The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has criticised Labour-run Swansea Council after yet another fall in their recycling rates.
In the first quarter of 2015, Swansea recycled or composted just 52.5% of its municipal waste – a fall of 3.2 percentage points from the previous quarter and nearly 2 % less than the same quarter of 2014.
Commenting Mr. Black, said:
“There is absolutely no excuse for recycling rates to be decreasing. We simply cannot let this decline continue. With food and green waste producing harmful greenhouse gasses if sent to landfill, there’s even more reason for us to get these services right.
“Currently there is no incentive for councils to improve composting rates; as long as they recycle enough, councils can get away with ignoring food and green waste levels. This is why we need specific targets for composting rates put in place as soon as possible.
“Statistics released today show that every local council except Merthyr Tydfil and Ceredigion experienced a decline in the percentage of waste composted between Quarter 4 of 2014 and Quarter 1 of 2015..
“Wales has led the way with recycling services in the past, but this decline is putting a blot on our copy book. We should have the ambition to run pioneering food and green waste collection to make Wales as green as it can be.”
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The full dataset can be found at: https://statswales.wales.gov.uk/v/5b3