THREE Gwent councils have already met tough Welsh Government targets on reducing the amount of waste they sent to landfill for next year.

New figures on the amount of biodegradable waste sent to landfill show every Welsh council has met targets for 2011/12.

Allowances for how much councils can bury are reduced every year and Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire and Caerphilly councils have already met targets for 2012/13.

But Newport and Torfaen still have work to do.

The Welsh Government is aiming to reduce the amount of biodegradable waste councils send to landfill to 50 per cent of 1995 levels by next year The plan means that by 2020 councils will only be able to dump 35 per cent of the waste in landfill that they would have in 1995.

Blaenau Gwent put 8,005 tonnes of biodegradable waste in landfill in 2011/12, compared to 12,402 tonnes in 2011/12 and lower than their 2012-13 cap of 10,631 tonnes.

Caerphilly county put 22,665 tonnes in landfill in 2011/12, down on 26,657 in 2010/11 and within their 2012/13 allowance of 27,862.

Monmouthshire buried 7,393 tonnes of biodegradable waste in 2011/12, down on 10,660 in 2010/11 and less than the 13,712 2012/13 target.

However, in Torfaen 16,327 tonnes was buried in 2011/12, just under the 2011/12 target of 16,442. The council must reduce this to within 14,050 tonnes by 2012/13.

Newport put 19,795 tonnes in landfill in 2011/12, within the 2011/12 target of 22,459 but above the 2012/13 target of 19,192.