“For Wales to become the best recycling nation in the world, local authorities need to learn from authorities such as Ceredigion,” that will be the message from Plaid Cymru AMs today in a Senedd debate on recycling
Arfon Assembly Member and Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Local Government, Sian Gwenllian, commenting prior to the debate said:
“Plaid Cymru is calling for the introduction of a much needed Deposit Return Scheme in Wales, and for the Welsh Government to learn from successful local authorities such as Plaid-led Ceredigion where 68% of municipal waste was recycled in 2015/16. The introduction of a Deposit Return Scheme would be a further important step towards achieving the Welsh government’s target for zero waste.”
A Deposit Return Scheme is a scheme where plastic, cans and glass can be recycled through customers returning them to retailers. Such a scheme has been successful in countries like Germany, with nearly 99% of bottles being returned by customers.
Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Climate Change and Rural Affairs, Simon Thomas AM added:
“I have long been a keen advocate of the Deposit Return Scheme. It would allow us in Wales to be at the top when it comes to recycling - building on the success of our excellent Plaid-led Councils across Wales when it comes to increasing recycling rates. Plastic and polystyrene packaging often end up littering our streets and beaches, or at best, buried in landfill sites.
“We are seeking a solution, I hope that colleagues from other parties will today support this Plaid Cymru amendment calling for the introduction of a Deposit Return Scheme and a ban on polystyrene packaging in Wales.”