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Assembly recycling laws go ahead

A landfill site
Local authorities could be made to collect recyclable waste from firms

MPs have backed plans for the assembly to pass laws on the environment which could mean more recycling in Wales.

But they are worried the language of any new law could be difficult to understand.

Environment Minister Jane Davidson told MPs it could mean putting a duty on local authorities to collect recyclable material from businesses.

Any new law could also mean certain materials would be banned from landfill sites.

The request for powers in an Legislative Competence Order (LCO) must be approved by MPs before the assembly can pass laws.

The MPs say there is wide support for the assembly to pass laws on waste management and pollution.

The chairman of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee of MPs which scrutinised the LCO, Hywel Francis MP for Aberafan, said it paved the way for legislative changes.

But he said: "We have identified some concerns in relation to the drafting of the order and the use of complex definitions."

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