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Waste Recycling

Volume 171: debated on Friday 27 April 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will set a target for Welsh local authorities responsible for waste disposal, in respect of the recycling of paper, glass and cans in household refuse;(2) whether he will encourage all waste disposal authorities in Wales to provide a comprehensive service for collection from households of paper, glass and cans for recycling.

The Government have set a target of 50 per cent. of recyclable household waste to be recycled by the year 2000. Proposals in the Environmental Protection Bill will give district councils in Wales duties to prepare plans and to report on recycling, and powers to arrange for the provision of recycling facilities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultation he has had with Welsh district councils on the resources required for providing an effective waste disposal service, including the provision of a collection service for recycling of paper, glass and cans.

The resources required by local government are discussed with local authorities at meetings of the Welsh consultative council on local government finance and its various sub-groups. Representatives of the Welsh Office and Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution also attend meetings of the regional waste management groups where all waste management matters, including recycling, are discussed.