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Council to launch nappy recycling collections

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PARENTS in Carmarthenshire will soon be able to recycle their children’s nappies.

Carmarthenshire County Council is launching a free fortnightly collection service for parents to recycle their nappies instead of putting them in with their black bag waste.

Parents will be able to sign up for the purple bags this spring.

The council already provides the purple bags for the collection of hygiene waste, and this service will be extended to include children’s nappies.

Not only will it divert this type of waste from landfill, but it will also help to increase the council’s recycling rates.

Last year the council recycled 66 per cent of its waste. However, more needs to be done if it is to meet Welsh Government’s 70% recycling target by 2025.

As a result, nappy recycling is just the first of a number of changes the council is making to its waste services over the next two years.

Later this year, in the autumn, the council will start collecting glass every three weeks for the majority of households, and blue bags will be collected weekly instead of fortnightly.

The increase in recycling provision will see black bags collected every three weeks instead.

In 2024, weekly collections of glass, paper, cardboard, cans and plastic will be introduced, along with textiles and batteries and small household appliances.

Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Hazel Evans said: “Families with young children can find themselves producing more black bags if their children are in nappies, so our new nappy recycling collections will give parents an alternative and better option to help us divert nappy waste from landfill.

“Figures show that almost half (46%) of the contents of black bags are recyclable, so there is still a lot more we can do to reduce our waste.

“More than 4,000 people took part in our consultation on our future waste strategy, and the majority of people said they wanted to recycle more.

“We have listened to what our residents want, and following the nappy collections in the spring, we will start collecting glass in the autumn, along with weekly blue bag collections. Then from 2024 we will be introducing more changes so that we can recycle even more and work towards achieving a 70 per cent recycling rate by 2025.”

Around 200million nappies are thrown away in Wales every year, but Capel Hendre-based Natural UK has helped find a solution with NappiCycle. The recovery process cleans and separates the plastics and cellulose fibres for re-use; the cellulose fibres being used for a variety of commercial purposes, including the production of fibre boards and acoustic panelling, and the plastics sent to secondary re-processors for recycling. A trial scheme is also underway where the cellulose fibres from the nappies are being used to resurface roads.

Cllr Evans added: “I want to thank all our residents for all their efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle – it all adds up and makes a big difference, and the new nappy collections and other changes we have coming in, will support residents to recycle even more.”

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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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Witness appeal after car is stolen and burnt out

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the theft of a car from a property in Lando Road, Burry Port, which was later found burnt out in Pembrey Country Park.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the theft of the blue Ssangyong Rexton, which took place sometime between 5pm on Friday, 11th November, and 9am on Saturday, 12th November, and would like to speak to anyone who may have information or CCTV or dashcam footage.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DP-20221112-109

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

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