The Welsh Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn will announce today a capital funding of £15 million to help improve Local Authority recycling collection systems.
Further plans are intended to reinforce Wales’ position as the leading UK nation for recycling and reducing waste. They will also aim to make Wales the world’s first “refill nation” by improving access to drinking water in public places.
To achieve this, the Welsh government will work with City to Sea to develop a refill campaign. Through this, and by working with other water companies, it will aim to ‘help people see the value of water and make tap water their first choice’.
Speaking at the Senedd today, Welsh Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn will also reveal the key findings of the Government’s research on Extended Producer Responsibility which focused on reducing and recycling waste.
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The Minister confirmed that the Welsh Government will work with DEFRA to:
- Consider a UK-based deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers, which will be discussed next week
- Look at possible amendments to the Producer Responsibility Obligations Packaging Waste Regulations so that producers and retailers pay a larger share of waste management costs
- Continue to work with HM Treasury on a UK single-use plastics tax, and a possible tax, levy or charge on single-use beverage cups for Wales.
Commenting on the announcement, Hannah Blythyn said: “I’m pleased to announce a range of measures to further boost recycling and reduce waste, including £15m for Local Authorities to improve their recycling rates across Wales. I also want Wales to become the World’s first ‘refill nation’, making tap water easily accessible across the whole of Wales.
“We were the first in the UK to bring in a plastic carrier bag charge. We can lead the way once again and make Wales the first in the world when it comes to recycling.”
The Welsh Government is signed up to WRAP’s Plastic Pact.