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Blue bags delivered to all households

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BLUE bags will be delivered to every household in Carmarthenshire in December and January.

Three rolls of blue bags will be issued, a total of 156 bags, which is around six bags for each recycling collection week. The decision has been made following resident feedback, people asked for blue bags to be more accessible to help them recycle more.

Having blue bags delivered to their homes aims to ensure that all residents are equipped with the bags to allow them to recycle household items easily. Residents who found collecting bags from outlets awkward due to opening times or were unsure of where to collect more bags can now rest assured that they will have an ample supply to recycle properly.

Households, such as large families, which may require additional rolls, can collect from 10 collection points allocated across the county, along with the mobile library service. The outlets are Carmarthen and Ammanford Customer Service Centres; the Hub in Llanelli; Coleshill cash desk Llanelli; Municipal Buildings Llandeilo; St Clears Leisure Centre; Newcastle Emlyn Library; Llandovery swimming pool; Ceredigion council offices in Llandysul and Lampeter. People will no longer need to order bags online.

Recent figures show that Carmarthenshire residents are recycling over 66% of their rubbish, surpassing a target set for the year 2019/20 of 64%.

The council’s executive board member for environment, Cllr Hazel Evans, said: “I’m pleased with our recycling rates, but obviously we could always do more. I hope that by delivering blue bags to every home more people will be encouraged to recycle the waste generated from the household and which we are able to collect in blue bags.”

Current outlets for blue bags will be able to order stock until December 31 to ensure that people can pick up a roll if they run out over the Christmas period.

People are asked to be patient as delivery will take two months and will be carried out by recycling round area. It is possible for a friend or relative to have received their supply but you may not. Crews will deliver to all households, however, anyone who has not received a delivery by February 1 should contact Customer Services.

There is no limit on the amount of blue recycling bags which can put out for collection. People are asked to rinse the items and place into the bags dry. All items that can be recycled from your home such as aerosol cans, foil, food and drinks cans, paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and pots can all be recycled in blue bags.

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Global Litter Charity has announced the date of its next Welsh litter picking event

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Uocean project Carmarthenshire weekend clean up taking place on Saturday 25th September 21 at Pembrey Country Park

THE UOCEAN Project, part of the Vayyu Foundation, which has set itself the target of removing 1 billion kilos of waste from the world’s oceans by 2030, will be holding its next litter collection taskforce event at Pembrey Country Park  in Carmarthenshire.

Everyone is invited to join The UOcean Project volunteers and to make a difference by collecting litter, especially plastics, which are polluting our environment and ending up in the world’s oceans.  The UOcean Project has highlighted the dramatic increase in litter from plastic bags to face masks since lockdown restrictions were lifted, making it even more important to clean-up and reduce waste pollution. 

Chris Desai, head of The UOcean Project commented. “Picking up one plastic bottle or single use face mask may not appear to be significant, but at each event we are collecting many kilos of plastic because more and more individuals are joining our litter picking teams.

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The combined collections here and overseas are the only way to make a difference and start fighting back against pollution.” 

The UOcean Project organises litter pick-up teams who work across the UK, especially around coastlines, as well as internationally.  By organising volunteers into Chapters and providing them with the tools and equipment to pick up litter, they have already collected 53,000 kilos of waste which would have ended up in the seas.  

All volunteers are provided with the equipment needed to safely pick up litter so that it can be disposed of in the right way.  For more information about The UOcean Project please go to the website www.theuoceanproject.com

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Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in Llanelli

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the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous

Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in

POLICE are warning drug users in Llanelli to take extra care following information received that dangerous valium is circulating in the area.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “We have reasons to believe that the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous for anyone taking them.

“We would also appeal to drug users to seek medical attention immediately should they become unwell.

“Please share this information with anyone that you believe could come into contact with these drugs.”

To seek advice and support, visit https://barod.cymru/where-to-get-help/west-wales-services/ddas-dyfed-drug-and-alcohol-service/

Please be aware that some services may operate an automated service outside office hours.

In an emergency, or if you think someone’s life is at risk, always dial 999.

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Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children

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RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season

RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)  

Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.

“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children.  However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”

Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:

*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)

*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).

The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • You are worried about your child.
  • Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
  • Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
  • Your child seems very tired or irritable.

Dial 999 for an ambulance if:

  • your baby is having difficulty breathing
  • your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
  • there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
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