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To help local authorities towards achieving tough Welsh Assembly Government recycling and composting targets, local...
To help local authorities towards achieving tough Welsh Assembly Government recycling and composting targets, local authorities in Wales will receive a total of£32m in 2006-07, minister for environment, planning and countryside Carwyn Jones has announced.

Since 2001, the Welsh Assembly Government has supported local authorities in their efforts to reduce their reliance on landfill sites with a sustainable waste management grant.

The grant funds a variety of initiatives, from encouraging the reuse of furniture, recycling of various materials and composting of biodegradable wastes, all of which reduce the dependence on landfill.

Recent data (in 2004-05) showed that local authorities in Wales have used the grant provided to achieve a recycling and composting total of 19.4 per cent. The investment announced today will support them as they move towards the Welsh Assembly Government's target of 25 per cent recycling and composting in 2006-07 and 40 per cent by 2010.

Each local authority will receive an allocation of sustainable waste management grant based on its spending needs derived from the Standard Spending Assessment, and will be expected to provide the Assembly with details of how it intends to use the grant.

Mr Jones said: 'We need to live within the limits that global resources can support. On average, every Welsh resident consumes almost 21 tonnes of materials and products every year. The Welsh Assembly Government wants recycling, reusing and composting to become part of everyday life and as such we are providing the funds for local authorities to make it possible.'

The minister also announced indicative amounts for the grant for 2007-08 and 2008-09 of£35m per year. On top of this, local authorities will be able to access a Regional Capital Access Fund of£7m in 2007-08 and£9m in 2008-09 to encourage investing jointly in new waste facilities at a sub-regional and regional level.


Below is a table showing Sustainable Waste Management Grant allocations by local authority.

Distribution of sustainable waste management grant 2006-07

Standard SWMG: Additional resources: Final allocation

Isle of Anglesey 556,678 291,593 848,271

Gwynedd 1,200,780 628,980 1,829,760

Conwy 851,764 446,162 1,297,926

Denbighshire 744,172 389,804 1,133,976

Flintshire 1,004,766 526,306 1,531,072

Wrexham 853,883 447,272 1,301,155

Powys 1,228,298 643,394 1,871,692

Ceredigion 691,483 362,206 1,053,689

Pembrokeshire 920,926 482,390 1,403,316

Carmarthenshire 1,297,524 679,655 1,977,179

Swansea 1,471,653 770,866 2,242,519

Neath Port Talbot 905,216 474,161 1,379,377

Bridgend 881,135 461,547 1,342,682

Vale of Glamorgan 811,494 425,068 1,236,562

Rhondda Cynon Taf 1,494,078 782,612 2,276,690

Merthyr Tydfil 354,839 185,868 540,707

Caerphilly 1,094,479 573,299 1,667,778

Blaenau Gwent 437,086 228,950 666,036

Torfaen 574,181 300,762 874,943

Monmouthshire 603,792 316,272 920,064

Newport 901,916 472,432 1,374,348

Cardiff 2,119,857 1,110,401 3,230,258

Total Unitary Authorities 21,000,000 11,000,000 32,000,000

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