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The Composition of Municipal Solid Waste in Wales

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We commissioned two reports to determine what’s in the waste collected from homes by local authorities (municipal waste) in Wales. The first report was published in 2003 and the second in 2010.

Both reports were prepared by AEA Technology consultants. The fieldwork was carried out by different contractors using the same method.

The first study was based on a four season analysis involving nine local authorities. The second was based on a two season analysis of all twenty two local authorities.

The reports explain how the analyses were undertaken and present the findings based on comparable categories of materials. This enables direct comparisons between the 2003 and 2010 reports.