£5.75 million to help Welsh councils improve recycling services

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Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths has announced £5.75 million to improve local authority recycling services.

Ten councils across Wales will receive the funding as part of the Welsh Government’s Collaborative Change Programme (CCP).

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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 rates of recycling.

Lesley Griffiths (pictured) said: “Wales already has the highest municipal recycling rate in the UK and would be in the top four in Europe if it were separately reported. The £5.75 million that I am announcing will help local authorities to make even further improvements to their recycling services.

“Our 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’. This funding will help us ensure further progress is maintained to help us meet these targets.”