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Cardiff bottom of recycling table
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Despite its high population, Cardiff failed to hit recycling targets
Wales' capital city has the nation's lowest recycling rates, according to official figures released on Thursday.

Cardiff council said it was "committed to improving the situation" after it recycled or composted just 10.96% of all rubbish thrown away last year.

The Welsh Assembly Government figures revealed that nearly 20% of all waste in Wales was now recycled or composted.

Powys recycled 33% of all of its waste putting it top of the table for the second year in a row.

Blaenau Gwent: 17.53%
Bridgend: 17.35%
Caerphilly: 27.04
Cardiff: 10.96%
Carmarthen: 20.43%
Ceredigion: 32.82%
Conwy: 18.9%
Denbigh: 15.37%
Flintshire: 19.7%
Gwynedd: 21.62%
Isle of Anglesey: 15.3%
Merthyr Tydfil: 15.45%
Monmouthshire: 24.22%
Neath Port Talbot: 16%
Newport: 25.4%
Pembrokeshire: 16.36%
Powys: 33.81%
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 14.66%
Swansea: 21.69%
Torfaen: 15.06%
Vale of Glamorgan: 22.94%
Wrexham: 14.84%
Source: Welsh Assembly Government. Combined recycling and compositing performane rates per authority 2004-2005.

Powys Council's Joy Shearer said: ¿We are delighted with the results and to be at the top of the recycling league table in Wales for the second year running.

"The amount of waste we produce in Powys continues to grow, so to achieve such a significant recycling and composting rate is a major achievement."

Despite the low figures for Cardiff, which has more than 305,000 residents, the council has said it would be taking steps to widen recycling in the new year.

A spokesman said: "The new administration, which took office part way into the period which these figures cover, recognises that Cardiff's recycling rate is currently low and is committed to improving this situation."

He said that there were plans for a free doorstep recycling and composting service to every home in the city which will begin in January and be rolled out across the city by 2008.

Work on a £4m recycling sorting facility in Rumney is also almost complete which could sort waste 10 times faster than the current facility.

Councillor Elgan Morgan, executive member for environment, added: "If these are used to capacity we will be achieving a 50% recycling rate by 2010."

Recycling bin
15% combined recycling and composting by 2003-04
25% combined recycling and composting by 2006-07
40% combined recycling and composting by 2009-10

The assembly government set targets for local authorities across the country to meet in order to reduce the amount of rubbish being sent to landfill sites.

Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) and Wrexham were the only three authorities in Wales not to hit the 15% target needed.

Wrexham achieved a 14.84% recycling rate, with RCT at 14.66%.

Despite this, Environment Minister Carwyn Jones said Wales as a whole had come a long way since 1999, when only seven per cent of rubbish was being recycled.

"This is a major achievement and proof that, if everybody does a little bit more to recycle rather than throw away rubbish, we can make a real difference," he said.

"The Welsh Assembly Government set tough targets for recycling, and has put the funding in place to make the targets achievable."

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