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31 March 2012

Poorer less likely to recycle - Wales
The overall recycling rate in Wales is 43.6 per cent, but the Welsh Government wants this to rise to 70 per cent in 12 years.

It has given Welsh councils more than £360 million in waste grants since 2000.

A year-long project in 2010/11 found that people in affluent areas of Swansea were twice as likely to recycle rubbish than those in poorer ones.

With 80 per cent of households in the "wealthy achievers" area £ Bishopston, Murton, Dunvant, Three Crosses and Penclawdd £ recycled their rubbish, but only 36 per cent of households in the "hard-pressed" area £ Penlan, Portmead and Blaenymaes £ recycled.

Aluminium collected from items like cans are processed on behalf of Swansea Council at Waunarlwydd firm Aleris Recycling, while glass is taken to Neath-based business Nationwide Recycling Ltd. Paper is taken to Aylesford Newsprint in Kent.

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