Wales is on course to meet a self-determined 40 per cent recycling and composting target by 2010, the Welsh Assembly has confirmed.
Quarterly figures from the WasteDataflow database show local authorities recycled and composted 30 per cent of household waste in the third quarter of 2007-08, up 4.6 per cent more than in the same period the year before.
Jane Davidson, environment minister for Wales, congratulated local authorities for their "hard work and commitment".
She explained that the figures "clearly show" that Wales is now ahead of the UK's recycling and composting targets and added that while this reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills, it also helps in the wider fight against climate change.
Local councils were Powys, Conwy and Ceredigion have already reached the target.
Recycle for Wales offers a number of tips for homeowners looking to become more eco-friendly.
In addition to making recycling part of weekly supermarket trips, the group also suggested that shoppers may wish to reuse or recycle plastic carrier bags.
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