Wales looking to a greener future with a digital deposit return scheme
In the UK, the regulation of waste and resources is largely managed at a devolved level. Over the last two decades, Wales has become the leader in the UK when it comes to recycling.
Building on its reputation for recycling success, in 2019 the Welsh Government published its Towards Zero Waste strategy in which it outlined an ambition to become a zero waste country by 2050 and the world leader in recycling.
Wales is making good progress. In 2020 the country confirmed a record high recycling rate of 65.14% for 2019/20, exceeding its 64% statutory target. Globally, it currently ranks third for recycling.
However, the Welsh Government also recognises that it needs to do more. Currently, some of Wales’s recycling waste is exported, while packaging waste material remains a significant part of the residual waste stream and one of the major sources of litter.