In 2015, WRAP Cymru commissioned a piece of work analysing the composition of Wales’ municipal waste; the results were published in June 2016.
The analysis showed that out of the 1.55 million tonnes of MSW collected in 2014-2015 856,000 tonnes were collected for recycling either on the kerbside or via other types of collection. This has improved substantially since the last analysis in 2009.
There are considerable amounts of recyclable material still present within the municipal waste stream. Food waste is the main target material still more likely to be found in the residual waste streams than in the separate food waste services with a 47 per cent capture rate at the kerbside. The dry recycling materials are not as abundant within the residual waste streams with good capture rates achieved for glass, paper and card, rubble and ferrous metals. Dense plastics, textiles and non-ferrous metals are not as well captured as some of the other materials.