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Black bag reduction and food bin liners to help recycling

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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.”

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Carmarthenshire Archives’ new building officially opened

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ON MONDAY, November 28, Cllr Rob Evans, Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council, unveiled a specially designed plaque to commemorate the official opening of the brand new Carmarthenshire Archives building.

The official opening was attended by year 6 pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, along with their Headteacher Mr Dylan Evans, who designed the plaque by compiling various artwork and sketches that are housed at the Archives.

Established in 1959, Carmarthenshire Archives is the local authority archive service for the County of Carmarthenshire and the new building is located at St Peter’s Street, Carmarthen. 

The service is home to our extensive collection of historic documents that date from the 13th century to the present day. The collection includes archives, maps, books, photographs, videos and sound recordings. It is the Archives’ mission to preserve and make its documents available for general study and research.

Admission to Carmarthenshire Archives is free and open to anyone who wishes to use the Council’s records. Most of its services are free, but we do charge for some extra services and help.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Cllr Gareth John commented:

“Congratulations to the pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, they have designed an excellent and appropriate plaque that is inspired by the treasure troves of our archives. It was wonderful to welcome them to the official opening so that they can see their work take pride of place at a building that holds great significance to us in Carmarthenshire. 

“This is a brand new and modern building that is fit to keep and protect our county’s most precious historical documents. 

“But of course, these documents are meant to be viewed and studied by school children, students, academics and anybody who has an interest in Carmarthenshire’s rich history; and this excellent facility provides the perfect space for people to come and view these treasures.”

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities

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WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or Facebook.com/WWUtilities.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands

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OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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