Councils fall short on green targets
EARLY figures suggest that Swansea and Neath Port Talbot have failed to hit the first ever statutory recycling targets in Wales.
The two authorities recycled and composted 48 per cent of their municipal waste between April 1 2012 and March 31 this year, according to provisional figures released by the Welsh Government.
While this is a creditable percentage, the target is 52 per cent - and that potentially leaves the two authorities open to fines.
The Welsh average during the last financial year was 52 per cent, with the highest recycling authority Denbighshire (58 per cent) and bottom of the pile Rhondda Cynon Taf (46 per cent).
Minister for Natural Resources and Food Alun Davies has congratulated Welsh householders and local authorities on their progress.
The AM said: "This is a real achievement and one that was born of hard work by local authorities and householders right across Wales. It means that Wales continues to be the top recycling nation in the UK by some distance and we should all take pride in this."
The recycling target for 2015/16 is 58 per cent.