Inquiry into recycling in Wales

The National Assembly for Wales’ Environment and Sustainability Committee undertook an inquiry into Recycling in Wales.


The purpose of this inquiry was to explore local authority household waste recycling practices and arrangements across Wales. The inquiry looked at all waste materials, including food and garden waste.


Terms of reference


  • Explore reasons for and impacts of variations in local authority household waste recycling practice in Wales.
  • To what extent local authorities’ recycling practice aligns with the Welsh Government’s Municipal Waste Sector Plan Collections Blueprint, and to explore barriers and enablers to adherence.
  • Assess the availability of information and guidance to householders about why and how they should be recycling, and to explore potential barriers and enablers to improving recycling rates.
  • Explore Local Authority reactions to the recently published Waste Regulations Route Map and the potential impacts and implications of this on recycling practice across Wales.
  • Gain greater understanding of the relationship between recycling collection practice and recycling rates.


The Committee held a public consultation to gather evidence on this topic.


For an account of how the inquiry progressed please click the link below to access the Storify article:


Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 09/05/2014