Wales was the only UK country to maintain a consistent recycling rate throughout the pandemic, and it has now been outperforming the rest of the UK for at least ten years. Wales recycled 56.5 percent of household waste in 2020, compared to 44.4 percent in the UK. It was also the United Kingdom’s only country to meet the European Union’s minimum 50 percent aim. Julie James, Minister for Climate Change, said that Wales must continuously raise its goals to achieve zero waste by 2050. Food waste has been collected separately from households across Wales for the past decade to recycle it. According to the Welsh government, food waste is transformed into methane gas in landfills in hot and compacted conditions, which is 30 to 80 times more harmful to climate change than carbon dioxide emissions. Food waste is transported to one of Wales’ five anaerobic digestion plants, where it is transformed into 7 MW of electricity. This is enough to power about 12,000 houses.