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£100,000 grant awarded to Welsh local authority to boost recycling

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Source: Materials Recycling Week

A Welsh local authority has been awarded a £100,000 grant from the Welsh Assembly Government to improve its recycling rates.

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council will use the money for a campaign to encourage more households to recycle their waste and help Wales become more sustainable.

Welsh Assembly Government Environment Minister Jane Davidson said that the funding was part of an £800,000 package to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill across Wales.

Davidson added: “The more we recycle and the less we throw away into landfill the greater our impact will be as individuals in guarding our environment.

“It is important that residual waste is managed in the most sustainable way and that the waste we produce is progressively reduced over time. Then, perhaps, in the more distant future we can contemplate true zero waste – or not producing any waste at all.”

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council head of environmental services Mike Thomas said: “Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council has already rolled out several initiatives this year, including weekly collection of food waste to 80 per cent of our households. It’s now down to increasing participation rates and a door knocking campaign is viewed as the best method of making meaningful contact with reluctant householders.”

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