PEOPLE living in Carmarthenshire have recycled more than half their rubbish during the first quarter of the year.
Figures released by Welsh Government show the county recycled 57 per cent of its rubbish from April to June 2012.
The results come from the Environment Agency's WasteDataFlow system, and show a nine per cent increase in the county's recycling rate for the same period the previous year.
Carmarthenshire Cou- ncil's executive board member for street scene, Councillor Colin Evans, said: "I am delighted with these latest figures which show that here in Carmarthen- shire we are doing very well in recycling our waste.
"I would like to thank householders for separating their rubbish so that it can be recycled and for making sure any food waste they have is composted by using their green food bin.
"The recycling rate does vary throughout the year and is generally higher in the summer months as people have grass to get rid of,'' he went on.
"However, we are confident that we will reach and even exceed the first statutory target for recycling which is 52 per cent for 2012/13."
He urged residents to "keep up the good work" and reduce, reuse and recycle, particularly this Christmas period.
A number of initiatives are under way to help residents in the county recycle, including the introduction of recycling banks for small electrical items, and an Age Cymru partnership to help older people to recycle.
A number of waste and tyre amnesties are also planned to give people who might have difficulty getting to a recycling centre the chance to dispose of and recycle large bulky items of waste.
Announcing the figures, environment minister John Griffiths praised local authorities and residents for their efforts.
He added: "Wales is leading the way on recycling because the people of Wales are increasingly realising that burying their rubbish in the ground is no longer an option and are choosing more sustainable ways to manage their waste.
"I thank them for everything they have achieved to date."