Environment Minister Jane Davidson is calling on Welsh local authorities to take part in a consultation on statutory targets for municipal recycling.
The Welsh Assembly Government is consulting on the definitions of recycling, preparation for re-use and composting; and the monitoring arrangements and the financial penalties for not meeting statutory targets.
Wales is set to become the first country in the UK to introduce statutory recycling targets. On 2 November the National Assembly for Wales passed legislation to introduce statutory municipal recycling targets. The first target year is 2012-2013.
The Minister said: "The Waste Measure is an important piece of legislation for Wales, and a huge step forward in our aims to reach 70 percent recycling by 2025 and be a zero waste nation by 2050.
"Our local authorities have already done a fantastic job in contributing to Wales' recycling rate increasing by more than anywhere else in the UK in the past decade. I want them to keep up the good work and urge them to take part in this consultation."
The consultation opens today and closes 21 January 2011. It can be found at: www.wales.gov.uk/consultations/environmentandcountryside/recyclingtargetorder