The composition of municipal solid waste in Wales

19 May 2010

This report, commissioned by WRAP Cymru and funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, is designed to help inform future waste policy and service decisions in Wales.

While householders in Wales are recycling more than ever before, this report reveals that an extra 4kg/household/week could be collected through their kerbside collections.

A report that describes the characterisation of food waste collected from Welsh Local Authorities. This information can be used by the Local Authorities in supporting decisions relating to anaerobic digestion process design and operation.

The reports:

The Welsh Assembly Government is committed to a more sustainable approach to waste management. Wales has increased its recycling rate for municipal waste from 7% in 2000/01 to 37% in 2008/09, and a new 'Zero Waste' plan for Wales was published in 2009. The plan sets out proposals for a challenging programme of change over the next 15 years which will continue to move Wales away from an over-reliance on landfill and maximise the use of unavoidable waste as a resource in order to derive the maximum environmental, social and economic benefit to Wales. It includes a target to recycle or compost 70% of municipal waste by 2025.

This study suggests that there is the potential to capture up to an additional 4kg/household per week of recyclable or compostable (including food waste) material from households through kerbside collection schemes.