Welsh government invests further £15 million to improve local authority recycling

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Blythyn hopes Wales will be the UK's first Refill Nation

Welsh Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn has announced an extra £15 million of capital funding to improve local authority collection infrastructure and systems.

Speaking at the National Assembly for Wales, Blythyn confirmed the Welsh government will consider a UK-based deposit return scheme and extend producer responsibility legislation so producers and retailers pay a larger share of waste management costs.

Welsh government ministers will also consider a UK single-use plastics tax, levy or charge on single-use coffee cups and a potential pilot for mandatory use of reusable cups.

Blythyn used the speech to demonstrate the nation's commitment to reducing plastics, announcing it has signed up to WRAP’s new ‘Plastics Pact’, a commitment by businesses to reduce the amount of plastic waste generated in the UK.

WRAP Cymru, funded by Welsh Government, is also producing a “Plastics Recycling Route Map” for Wales, which will recommend action to increase the use of recyclate in plastic manufactured in Wales.

Blythyn said: "I am currently considering Wales’ involvement in a UK-wide deposit return scheme. Developing approaches on a UK wide basis can be less complicated for consumers and better for businesses who have told us they prefer this approach, particularly as we prepare for Brexit.

“Wales is a world leader in recycling. We are the best in the UK, second in Europe and third in the world. I am keen to build on this success.

During her speech, Blythyn announced plans for Wales to become the UK’s first 'Refill Nation' by improving access to drinking water in public places across the nation.



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