Plans to direct a publicly-funded official from Cymru to Commonwealth Of Australia for 10 calendar months to analyze how rubbish is recycled have got stirred a political row.
Conservatives claim it is a waste material of money to direct Anna Richards, of Waste Awareness Cymru (WAW), to Canberra.
Tory americium Darren Millar said it was dry person responsible for waste material consciousness was cachexia populace money.
But the assembly authorities states it will not be the taxpayer anything extra.
Waste Awareness Cymru is a publicly-funded body which advances waste material direction as Cymru confronts tough marks for recycling.
The Australian working capital currently recycles 70% of its garbage and is aiming for 90%.
It is dry that an individual responsible for blow material consciousness in Cymru is being allowed to waste public money in this way
Darren Millar AM, Conservative
Ms Richards's stay in Commonwealth Of Australia is designed to see how Australian Capital is reaching these levels.
But Mister Millar, who talks for the Tories on the environment, said it was amazing that public support was available for such as a drawn-out placement.
Mr Millar said he would be tabling a inquiry to Environment Curate Jane Davidson to happen out the cost of the placement.
"It is dry that an individual responsible for blow material consciousness in Cymru is being allowed to waste public money in this way. No uncertainty this is going to be a very expensive venture," he added.
But the move have been supported by Cylch, the Cymru recycling network, whose head executive, Mal Williams, said: "I am very pleased to hear the proclamation that Waste Awareness Cymru is having the foresightedness and vision to make this.
"Canberra is at the film editing border of recycling and there volition be tons for our envoy to larn that will aid Cymru range the 70% mark set recently by the incoming Environment, Sustainability and Housing Curate Jane Davidson."
An assembly authorities spokesman could not let on how much the arrangement will cost, but said it would come up out of WAW's budget.
In a statement the assembly authorities said: "A Waste Awareness Cymru director volition be working in Commonwealth Of Australia to take a research undertaking that will drama an of import function to assemblage information to assist Cymru to accomplish its marks for recycling and composting.
"This secondment supplies waw with a utile opportunity to put clip in researching and developing a long-term approach that volition support the assembly authorities and its spouses throughout Wales."
Wales must hit a mark for recycling 40% of trash by 2010 and tougher europium marks will follow.