01 Sep 2009 02:09:10
Wales hits waste targets
Local authorities in Wales have reached waste reduction targets for 2010 with a year to spare.
All 22 local authorities in the country have met challenges to decrease the amount of waste sent to landfill.
These targets were set under the Landfill Allowances Scheme (LAS), which is in place to limit levels of biodegradable municipal waste.
Environment Minister Jane Davidson said that the new figures represent progress by called for more work to be done to reduce carbon footprints.
She said: "Landfill uses up our precious land and the rotting waste beneath the soil can damage our environment by producing harmful carbon emissions.
"However, more recycling also represents an opportunity to generate renewable energy through the use of anaerobic digestion of this food waste."
Paper, garden cuttings, kitchen waste and cardboard are among the items sent to landfill by councils that the scheme intends to cut down upon.
Wales will report to the EU on its LAS progress next year.http://tinyurl.com/l9svyy