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GLOBAL RECYCLING DAY: Can Wales become the best country in the world at recycling?

 

On Global Recycling Day today (18 March 2021), and around a year since the pandemic
changed our lives, figures from WRAP have revealed one positive impact of living through
lockdown – that Wales is recycling more than ever before and is one step closer to
becoming the world’s best recycling nation.

With the nation’s recycling rate at an all-time high (65% in 2019/20, up from 63% in
2018/19*), Wales is currently ranked third best in the world at recycling.

Data from WRAP, the charity behind Wales Recycles, shows that 92% of us now regularly
recycle at home, with 55% of us recycling more than we were 12 months ago.

The increase in recycling has gone hand in hand with a greater desire to help the planet,
with most of us (62%) choosing to recycle to reduce our impact on the environment.

Some of the biggest increases in recycling have been seen among families across Wales,
with almost two thirds (63%) of families recycling more over the last 12 months.

One family from Penarth have used the extra time they have at home to help them recycle
better. Parents Beth and Jonathan Ellis live with their three children, Macsen and Mali aged
5 and Loti aged 3. We speak with mother Beth, as well as the campaign manager for ‘Wales Recycles’, Angela.


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