"significant improvements" are expected for the authorities' recycling performance in 2016/17.
"As such, a decision was taken not to issue penalties on this occasion," a spokeswoman said, adding fines could still be imposed in future if local authorities continue to miss targets.
Another two Labour controlled councils (Newport run by the Tories and LibDems may be lucky here).
But Simon Thomas, Plaid Cymru environment spokesman, said:
"It seems to me that the credibility of what the Welsh Government is trying to achieve is clearly lost when you go through two cycles of target setting and two cycles of failure by certain authorities, and you just don't follow through on it."
UKIP local government spokesman Gareth Bennett, said the policy was "ill-conceived" and that the imposition of fines "would only serve to hit local authorities and council tax payers in the pocket".
True but as Conservative environment spokesman David Melding points out
"There must be an incentive for the underperforming councils to improve recycling rates," "and the Welsh Government is in danger of appearing to be all bark and no bite".A Welsh Liberal Democrat spokesman ( since their only AM is part of the government in "Not a Coalition" said:
"The Welsh Government cannot possibly hope to meet recycling targets if councils know they'll get away with missing their recycling targets by sweet talking the government."In forthcoming years, the targets will get tougher to meet - with authorities expected to recycle 64% of waste in 2020 and 70% in 2025.
During this time a number of Welsh Councils may cease to be under Labour Control . It will be interesting to see if the Welsh Government start getting tough.
Going back to Gareth Bennett;s point that fines "hit council tax payers in the pocket".I wonder if the councils meeting the targets are already increasing resources when it comes to recycling and costing council tax payers more.
Prehaps we should see figures on what councils are spending on recycling per head of population along with their success rate?
Maybe the Government should consider asking for powers to impose a wage freeze on Chief Executives and senior Councillors , If it was their pockets that were affected they might just try harder.