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Recycling: 'Prevent waste in the first place'

A collapse in the global price paid for recycled waste has cost Welsh councils more than £1m in lost income.

Six authorities have told BBC Wales a meltdown in waste markets has hit their budgets.

Pembrokeshire council has seen the price it gets for steel drop by 88% over the year - while Flintshire has seen the price for plastics halved.

Experts say a slump in oil prices, cheap steel imports, and China's economic slowdown are to blame.

One project in Bangor, Love Your Clothes, says the answer is to prevent waste in the first place.

George Herd reports.

  • 18 Mar 2016