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Wales has best recycling rates compared to rest of the UK

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Image caption Previously, Ceredigion has been the council area with the highest recycling rates in Wales with 65%

Wales is leading the rest of the United Kingdom in recycling rates.

New provisional figures show Wales is recycling 54% of the 373,000 tonnes of rubbish thrown out every three months.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' latest figures for household waste from 2012 showed the overall UK recycling rate was 43.9%.

It was 44.1% in England, 41.7% in Northern Ireland and 38.3% in Scotland. Wales' figure in 2012 was 52.5%.

In 2012, England recycled a total of 9,684,000 tonnes from 21,960,000 tonnes of waste, while Northern Ireland recycled 326,000 tonnes from 783,000.

Scotland's rate was 912,000 tonnes from 2,383,000 and Wales recycled 685,000 tonnes from 1,304,000.

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