Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for South Wales East, Steffan Lewis AM, has urged the Blaenau Gwent local authority to take action to improve recycling rates in the area as new figures show that it's the worst-performing local authority in Wales.
Mr Lewis said that the figures were 'particularly disappointing' given the positive nationwide picture, and said that the system should be simplified in order to encourage more people to recycle more regularly.
Steffan Lewis AM said:
"The figures for Blaenau Gwent's recycling rates are disappointing - particularly given the positive nationwide picture of Wales as a whole exceeding the 58% target.
"It is clear that the council must take action to introduce a simpler, more straightforward system that will incentive more people to recycle more regularly.
"We all have a part to play in protecting our environment - not just for today before tomorrow's generations too. Recycling is one way we can all do this but the process should be made as efficient as possible.
"I am pleased that the Welsh Government is moving towards its target of producing zero landfill waste by 2050 but it must encourage those local authorities which are falling behind to keep up with others so as not to fail in achieving that goal.
"However, fining the council seems to me to be a counterproductive step that would take money away from an already overstretched pot of funds.
"Instead, I would like to see Natural Resources Wales transfer responsibility for recycling to another council which has secured more success in meeting, or indeed exceeding, the government's targets.
"Residents of Blaenau Gwent are keen to recycle but have been let down by their hapless local council who've managed to buck a national recycling trend by introducing a dreadful recycling scheme. People in Blaenau Gwent cannot continue to be let down by their local authority."