Re­stric­tions at waste sites lead to re­cy­cling rates rise

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS - Richard Youle 01792 545553 [email protected]­

RE­STRIC­TIONS on who can use house­hold waste sites in Car­marthen­shire are hav­ing the de­sired ef­fect, say coun­cil chiefs.

The county’s four sites re­ceived 300 fewer tonnes of rub­bish in April this year, com­pared with April 2018, while re­cy­cling rates at the sites rose by 2%.

It fol­lows a se­ries of mea­sures in­tro­duced par­tially or in full at the be­gin­ning of the month, in­clud­ing a com­mer­cial waste ban at the Whit­land, Trostre and Wernddu sites.

Open­ing hours at all four sites, in­clud­ing Nan­ty­caws, were re­duced by one hour in the af­ter­noon, and res­i­dency checks have been phased in.

This mea­sure is de­signed to pre­vent peo­ple liv­ing in neigh­bour­ing Swansea or Ceredi­gion, for ex­am­ple, tak­ing their waste to house­hold waste sites in Car­marthen­shire.

The over­all aim is to re­duce the amount of non-re­cy­clable rub­bish be­ing brought to the four sites and in­crease re­cy­cling in or­der to meet ris­ing Welsh Gov­ern­ment re­cy­cling tar­gets.

Con­firm­ing the lastest ton­nage and re­cy­cling fig­ures at the four sites, Ains­ley Wil­liams, the coun­cil’s head of waste and en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices, said: “Changes to im­prove the ac­ces­si­bil­ity and per­for­mance of the house­hold waste re­cy­cling cen­tres have been suc­cess­ful. We have re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back from res­i­dents us­ing the sites, with peo­ple com­ment­ing on re­duced queu­ing times and im­proved safety.”

Two fur­ther mea­sures at the four sites – per­mits al­low­ing res­i­dents to use vans to de­posit do­mes­tic waste up to 12 times a year, and new ar­eas where black bags can be opened and re­cy­clable prod­ucts re­moved – are due to be in­tro­duced in June and Oc­to­ber re­spec­tively.

Speak­ing in March this year, coun­cil leader Em­lyn Dole said: “While we do wel­come neigh­bours from over the (Loughor) bridge, we don’t wel­come their waste.” Find out more on­line at... waleson­ llanelli

Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices man­ager, Dan John (left), and Sean Gal­lagher at the Nan­ty­caws house­hold waste site.

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