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Welsh come top at redirecting biodegradables

by David Masters
September 4, 2008

Wales has secured its place as the best country in the UK for biodegradables, with all of its local authorities smashing targets for biodegradable landfill waste.

Wales is significantly increasing the amount of biodegradable waste it reuses rather than sending the waste to landfill.

A report this week by Environment Agency Wales showed that Wales is already a year ahead of EU targets, with the amount of biodegradable waste sent to landfill in 2007-8 four percent below targets for 2009-10.

The figures also showed that local authorities broke targets set by the Landfill Allowance Scheme (LAS) with a huge margin.

Councils in Wales sent 680,912 tonnes of biodegradable waste to landfill in 2007-8, 21% below LAS targets of 866,000 tonnes.

The LAS scheme was set up by the Welsh Assembly four years ago in a bid to reduce the amount of biodegradable waste sent to landfill.

Since its inception, local authorities have broken targets set by the scheme every year.

However, the Welsh Assembly is warning that LAS allocations will be getting tougher.

Within the next three years, LAS targets will be just 470,000 tonnes, 66% of the target in the first year of LAS.

With some local authorities sending above 90% of target levels to landfill, Wales still has it work cut out to continue improvements.

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