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Wales limits amount of recyclable waste sent to energy production

The Welsh Assembly has passed a new Environment Bill (Wales) that will cap the amount of waste sent to waste-to-energy plants.

Set to come into effect in 2017, the Bill will require businesses to limit the amount of recyclable waste being sent for incineration and a ban on disposable food waste being discarded in sewers.

Any businesses that fail to comply with the new regulations will face prosecution.

The legislation is part of the Assembly’s increased efforts to ramp up business recycling in the country.

With the passage of the Bill the Welsh Assembly aims to reduce CO­2 emission by at least 80% by 2050.

Welsh Environment Minister Carl Sargeant called the passing of the Bill “a great day for Wales”.

“The passing of the Environment Bill will ensure that the sustainable management of our natural resources will be a core consideration in all future decision-making,” Sargeant told edie.net news site.

Current recycling rates in Wales hit a 56.2% high in October 2015, which marks a 1.9% year-on-year increase.