Caerphilly County Borough Council has been named the Welsh local authority which recycles and composts most of its waste.
The latest quarterly statistics on municipal waste produced by the Welsh Assembly Government show that during the final quarter of 2009-10, between January and March this year, Caerphilly County Borough Council recycled or composted 49% of its municipal waste, more than any other council in the country.
The Welsh average was 37%.
Councillor Lyn Ackerman, cabinet member for the environment said: “This is fantastic news and clearly demonstrates the success of our recycling schemes to date.
“Last October we introduced weekly recycling rounds as well as weekly food waste and green waste collections. These have obviously inspired our local residents to back our efforts to boost recycling rates and I hope these figures will continue to rise.
“I would like to thank everyone for their efforts, but more still needs to be done and we all need to work together to achieve the tough recycling targets set by the Welsh Assembly Government over the coming years.”