Friends of the Earth Cymru have today (Thursday 10 October) issued a legal challenge  against the Welsh Government's £105 million sponsorship of a massive waste incinerator planned for Splott, Cardiff. The action comes as Cardiff City Council and its partners are poised to sign a contract committing Wales' capital city to 25 years of waste incineration, despite huge recent increases in recycling .
Gareth Clubb, Director of Friends of the Earth Cymru, said:
"Burning hundreds of thousands of black bags isn't a sensible way to deal with our waste - it's wasteful, inefficient, and bad for the environment. Taxpayers from every corner of Wales will be astonished to hear that their money is being used by the Welsh Government to pay a private company to incinerate rubbish from homes in south east Wales.
"At a time when recycling is increasing rapidly, it makes sense for the Welsh Government to think again about how we deal with our rubbish.
"Our concerns are so serious we want a judge to decide whether taxpayers' money should be pumped in to a resource-guzzling outdated incinerator".
Welsh recycling rates have increased from 8.7% to 49.2% over the 10 years to 2011-12