AS Pembrokeshire prepares to introduce new waste and recycling arrangements, figures show that the county reported the biggest recycling increase of the 22 Welsh local authorities over a 12-month period.

Pembrokeshire recorded a five per cent increase in its recycling - from 57 per cent in 2017-18 to 62 per cent in 2018–19.

Pembrokeshire was one of 12 of 22 Welsh local authorities to increase its recycling rate.

Pembrokeshire starts its new waste and recycling scheme on Monday, November 4, when most of the county will be moving to a ‘kerbside sort’ recycling service.

Council Leader David Simpson said: “The figures demonstrate that there is a public appetite in Pembrokeshire to recycle and I believe that the council’s new recycling scheme to be launched shortly will satisfy that demand.

“While it is great to see such a big increase in our recycling performance, we need to continue to improve in order to meet the statutory 64 per cent target this year and 70 per cent in 2024.

“There is now an expectation among our residents that we should all work together and recycle more and the new kerbside recycling system will facilitate this.”