Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Minister for Sustainable Communities has outlined his party’s ambitious plans to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2030 – a generation earlier than the current target-year of 2050.
Llyr Gruffydd detailed how a Plaid Cymru government would work with producers to reduce packaging waste, introducing a host of measures to instil new vigour in Wales’s zero waste commitment.
A combination of Plaid Cymru legislation and policy initiatives would aim to both reduce the amount of non-recyclable rubbish produced, and change Welsh attitudes to waste – such as a Styrofoam ban in all shops, and a requirement that all utensils and napkins in food establishments are recyclable or compostable.
Building on the attitudinal shift emanating from the successful plastic bag levy, Plaid Cymru proposes the introduction of a pilot plastic, glass and can deposit scheme in Wales, and the promotion of reverse vending machines in public area.
Plaid Cymru Shadow Minister for Sustainable Communities Llyr Gruffydd said:
“We are determined to reduce the amount of waste produced in Wales, and these ambitious plans will achieve zero waste to landfill by 2030 – decades earlier than the current target of 2050.
“We all have a part to play– government, retailers, manufacturers, and the public alike – and our proposals will enable us all to work together to achieve this goal.
“Working with producers and manufacturers, a Plaid Cymru government will provide the support and leadership necessary to reduce unnecessary packaging on everyday products – cutting the amount of waste at source.
“The introduction of plastic, glass and can deposit schemes, in conjunction with the promotion of reverse vending machines, will encourage greater domestic recycling and further develop our recycling efforts.
“Other proposals we have put forward include a requirement for large food retailers and manufacturers to take steps to reduce their food waste, including donating surplus food to charities for distribution.”
"A Party of Wales government would lead by example, maximising the usefulness of the Welsh Landfill Tax, and ensuring that Welsh public procurement projects progress on a presumption in favour of recycled products.
“Plaid Cymru fully accepts our responsibility to the environment and to securing a greener future for our children."