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Black bag reduction and food bin liners to help recycling



THE number of black bags that residents in Carmarthenshire can put out for collection will change from four to three per fortnight in a bid to boost recycling rates.

Households across the county will also receive food bin liners for the first time to encourage more people to recycle their food waste.

It is hoped these measures – along with the introduction of black bag sorting at the recycling centres – will help the council to achieve Welsh Government’s 64% recycling target by the end of this financial year and avoid a hefty fine.

Most importantly, recycling is much better for the environment than burying our rubbish in landfill.

In a report to the council’s Executive Board, Cllr Hazel Evans said a major education programme would also be launched.

“I would like to thank all Carmarthenshire households for their recycling efforts but it is important we continue to increase our recycling rate,” she said.

“In recent years we have achieved high recycling figures but last year there was a reduction in our overall figure and we only just achieved 58%.

“This year’s target is 64% and Welsh Government have said they will fine local authorities if they do not reach it and it is £164,000 for every 1% failure of the target. So if we stay as we are that could mean a fine of £820,000 which is the equivalent of 17 teachers or 33 care workers.

“But with these changes which will be introduced from October there is every chance we could exceed this target.”

Figures show that almost half of all the black bag waste put out for collection in Carmarthenshire is recyclable – and as much as a quarter of it is food waste.

Research shows that other authorities that have introduced restrictions on black bags have seen an increase in both food and dry recycling. And according to a consultation carried out earlier this year, 86% of respondents supported a reduction in the black bag allowance and of those 64% thought black bags should be limited to three per household.

Large families of six or more, families that have children in nappies and households that produce coal ash waste from indoor fireplaces will be able to apply for additional bags if they need it.

Food bin liners will also be delivered to all households in Carmarthenshire along with blue bags to help people recycle their food waste. A total of 64% of residents who said they did not recycle their food waste said they would be more likely to do so if they were provided with free food bin liners.

It is hoped that the introduction of food bin liners together with the black bag restriction will help increase the county’s overall recycling rate by 3.3%.

From October, designated sorting areas will also be introduced at the recycling centres for black bags and any recyclable material will have to be removed by residents. It is projected that this will result in a 3.1% increase in the recycling rate. The system has already been introduced at a number of other local authority recycling centres with much success.

It follows other measures introduced at the recycling centres in April to deter people bringing their rubbish in from out of county and to stop commercial waste entering the sites – both of which were having a detrimental effect on the recycling rate.

Cllr Cefin Campbell said he completely agreed with the recommendations in the report, he added: “I am pleased to hear that there will be a campaign to educate people on what can and can’t be recycled, and also what the likely cost penalty will be; it means less teachers and carers. Being careless or lazy does have an impact on the services we provide, this might have more of an impact on people.”


Cruise Culture returns to Carmarthen this Sunday



WALES’ biggest modified and performance car show is returning to the Carmarthen Showground this Sunday, August 25.

Cruise Culture is a static car show with modified, performance, classic and standard cars. The annual show attracts thousands of visitors each year.

On Sunday August 25, the ultimate indoor show hall will have some of the best modified cars from all over the UK on display, as well as an outdoor show and shine section.

Growing year on year, Cruise Culture now welcomes over 40 club stands. The entertainment stage will have DJs playing all day. Competitions throughout the day will include: Club of the Show; Car of the Show; Show and Shine Winner; Best Club Stand Car; Best Show Hall Car; Best Wheels of the Show and Best Install.

Prizes and awards will be handed out for each of the various competitions. There will also be inflatables and fair attractions, meaning Cruise Culture is a great family day out.

There will be a wide variety of food stalls, not just burger vans but hog roasts, BBQ, pizza and much more. The Jamie Squibb Freestyle Motocross Stunt Show will also take place, as the team of riders perform breathtaking jumps and stunts.

Pre-sale tickets have now ended. Tickets are now only available at the gate. Gate price is £7 per person. Under 12’s get in free.

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Rubbish dumped in lane lands woman in court



DUMPING a rubbish bag containing a kitchen mop, a children’s scooter and wood has cost one Kidwelly woman nearly £400.

Sarah Louise Leach-Davies was ordered by Llanelli magistrates to pay the costs after the blue recycling bag belonging to her was found by council enforcement officers in a lane behind her home in Parc Pendre in March this year.

The 32-year-old had already received two previous warnings and a Fixed Penalty Notice for depositing other unsuitable waste in the lane including glass, shoes and a wooden table top.

Leach-Davies was also given a recycling calendar and easy recycling guide following the first incident, but still continued to bag and dump rubbish unsuitable for kerbside collection.

A second FPN was issued on Friday, March 1 after further waste belonging to her was again found in the lane and was unsuitable for kerbside collection.

The notice remained unpaid and the case taken to court by Carmarthenshire County Council.

Leach-Davies did not turn up to court. She was fined £150 in her absence, and must pay £271.21 costs and £30 Victim Surcharge.

The council’s executive board member for public protection, Cllr Phillip Hughes said: “This was a blatant act of total disregard for the environment. It was the third occasion that this woman has been caught dumping rubbish in her lane. She was also well aware of what acceptable waste for kerbside collection was, and what was unacceptable. There are no excuses for what she was doing and we will continue to take action on anyone caught abandoning rubbish illegally in Carmarthenshire.”

If you see someone littering, fly-tipping or abandoning waste you can report it online at (recycling, bins and litter section) or call 01267 234567 during office hours.

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More litter louts left out of pocket



MORE people have been left out of pocket after carelessly or purposely littering our county.

During July 2019, Carmarthenshire County Council enforcement officers handed out more than £1,600 in fixed penalty notices (FPNs).

They were for a range of offences, including larger fines for the worst fly-tipping offences, for failing to clear dog poo and littering at community recycling sites.

· Two £300 FPNs (£600 total) were issued to a Llanelli business owner who tried to dispose of his business waste at the Llanelli Household Waste Recycling Centre. He was also issued with notices requiring him to produce relevant documentation allowing him to transport waste, but he failed to do so within the specified time

· A £350 FPN was issued to a Llanelli resident for dumping several black refuse bags on the ground at a recycling facility in Dylan, Llwynhendy

· A £300 FPN was issued to a Llanelli resident for failing to check that man he’d paid to remove his waste was licenced and authorised to transport waste. The waste was illegally dumped in the Penygraig area of Llanelli. Enforcement officers are still trying to track the illegal waste carrier

· A £100 FPN was issued to a Carmarthen town centre resident for breaching a Section 46 notice requiring her to properly manage the waste she puts out for collection

· A £100 FPN was issued to a Llanelli man for failing to pick up his dog’s poo. He was reported by a member of the public and was tracked down by officers

· A £75 FPN was issued to a Llanelli woman for leaving a black refuse bag on the ground at Cefncaeau recycling facility

· A £75 FPN was issued to a Llanelli resident for a leaving a cardboard box on the ground at Cefncaeau recycling facility

· A £75 FPN was issued to a man for fly-posting in Carmarthen town centre

Cllr Philip Hughes, Executive Board Member for enforcement, said: “There is absolutely no excuse for littering. There are plenty of waste disposal facilities, including weekly kerbside collections, community recycling sites, business waste collections and household waste recycling centres.

“People know it is wrong to litter, or not pick up after their dog, yet there are those who clearly have no regard for our environment and prefer someone else to pick up after them.

“It is simply not acceptable. We all have a part to play in keeping Carmarthenshire clean.”

Residents are reminded to put their waste and recycling out for collection after 6pm on the evening before their collection day, and to ensure they carry out their duty of care by checking they are using a licensed waste carrier to take away any waste on their behalf.

People using community recycling sites are reminded that they should not leave items on the ground, and are asked to report full containers to the council.

Anyone who has witnessed a littering or dog fouling incident, or has information about fly-tipping offences, can contact the council online 24/7 at or during office hours on 01267 234567.

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