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Recycling suggestions put into action

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RESIDENTS in Carmarthenshire are helping to shape the future of the council’s recycling service.


A consultation exercise was carried out earlier this year asking for householders’ feedback on the service and how it can be improved to increase recycling rates.


Some 86% of respondents supported a reduction in the number of black bags that can be put out for collection; of that, 64% thought black bags should be limited to three per household.


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 food bin liners; 98% of people who don’t recycle glass said they would if it was collected.


Almost half of the respondents – 46% – agreed enforcement action should be taken against non-recyclers.


Now a number of these suggestions are being put into action.


From October 7, the maximum number of black bags that will be collected from households will change from four to three.


Households across the county will also receive food bin liners for the first time to encourage more people to recycle their food waste. The food bin liners will be delivered along with the blue bags.


The recycling team is also looking at what materials are currently collected from homes and whether glass or nappy collections could be introduced in the future.


Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “I would like to thank residents for their feedback and also for all their efforts to recycle.


“It is important we increase our recycling rates and we believe these new changes which come in in October will help us to achieve this.


“We will also be looking at what else we can do to help people recycle even more.”


The council is currently recycling around 58% of its rubbish but needs to achieve a figure of 64% by the end of the financial year or faces a hefty fine.


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


The introduction of food bin liners together with the black bag restriction could increase the county’s overall recycling rate by 3.3%.


Designated black bag sorting areas will also be introduced at the county’s recycling centres from October 7 in a bid to increase recycling rates even further.


Householders needing a brown kitchen caddy or green food bin can pick one up from their nearest Hwb or request one online carmarthenshire.gov.wales/recycling

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    T m w

    September 23, 2019 at 9:23 am

    It must be obvious to the collectors that many people dont recycle food waste putting it into black bags instead. These residents should be contacted individually. We all have small brown bins for indoor use and green for collection

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    Andrew Davies

    September 23, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Absolutely ridiculous 3 black bags instead of 4 we recycle everything we can
    And as there are 5 adults and 1 toddler we generate a lot of rubbish ,we struggle as it is.
    We use Aldi and Lidl for our shopping and a lot of plastic is non recyclable
    As for the food waste if the chickens can’t eat it green bin it is.
    Carmarthenshire county council moving the goal posts again,why punish the ones that do recycle it the ones that don’t recycle that should be spoken to
    Just like 1 of my neighbours.

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Conservatives in disarray over alleged Christmas party lockdown breach

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THE CONSERVATIVE Party is investigating the attendance of senior Senedd members and staff at a Christmas party held during December’s lockdown.

Lockdown restrictions prohibit mixing with people outside your own household.

The Welsh restrictions barring such gatherings follow the basic outline of those imposed by the Conservative UK Government in December.

Those attending the drinks party included Paul Smith, the Conservative Chief of Staff at the Senedd, Darren Millar, the Party’s Chief Whip and campaign coordinator, and Preseli Pembrokeshire MS and Conservative Senedd Group Leader Paul Davies.

The Herald understands that a Labour Senedd Member who attended the Party has been suspended by the Labour Senedd Group pending its own investigation.

The Conservatives’ embarrassment at talking the talk but not walking the walk is intensified by Darren Millar’s presence at the shindig.

In May, Mr Millar led calls for Wales’ Health Minister Vaughan Gething to be sacked for eating a bag of chips in a park with one of his own children.

If the Conservative Party follows the logic of their previously stated positions, Mr Millar’s and Mr Davies’ futures look bleak indeed.

With a Senedd election only months away, the revelations have thrown the Conservatives into disarray.

If they do nothing, the Conservatives will – at the very least – face claims they are hypocrites.

If the Conservative Party acts decisively, it faces massive internal problems.

The Conservatives responded to our request for a response to our story.

Those involved stressed they did not host a Christmas Party.

The incident happened on December 8, when the above met in the members’ tea room to discuss legislation for possible inclusion in the Welsh Conservative manifesto with a Labour backbencher.

During the evening they did drink a glass or two of wine.

They stress that at no point were there more than four people in the room at any one time and that they maintained social distancing.

A joint statement from Paul Davies, Darren Millar, and Paul Smith said: “We are profoundly sorry for our actions.

“While we did not break the rules, we recognise that what was part of a day’s work would not be seen to be following the spirit of them, especially given the tough time the country has been going through.”

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Family tribute to Carole Patricia Fowler

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Carole was a teacher for 30 years at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Llanelli. She loved children and they loved her. 

As one of her past colleagues said: “I know she made such a difference to every child she taught.” She was very popular with staff and well respected and loved by parents. She was dedicated and conscientious, always 100% for the children. She led the music there and was always popular with her guitar accompaniments for services and concerts. 

Likewise, she was a valued member of the choir at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Gendros, Swansea, where she would often accompany hymns with her guitar and gave guitar lessons to the children in the church’s Saturday Music Club. She was also a keen member of Côr Persain, Ammanford. 

She was talented, loved and in demand. A convicted and devout Catholic all her life, through good and bad.

Carole was an avid and very gifted crocheter and was always crocheting or knitting something for someone. She had been spending her time recently, during the Covid crisis, crocheting NHS teddies in scrubs and rainbows, with many given to practising nurses. Carole had recently started learning to make bobbin lace. She was also capable of some very decent sewing, too. 

She was also learning Welsh, doing ‘pilates’ and was considering taking up yoga lessons as well.

She was a busy lady! As one of her work colleagues said of her: “She was wise, strong, beautiful, generous, devout and feisty. And I loved her for all those qualities.”

Above all, she was an immeasurably loved Mam, daughter, sister and a doting Mamgu and so much loved by her fiancé. Having been together for 14 years, they would have been married last July 20th had covid allowed! 

Her premature passing at 61 is tragic and she is already sorely, painfully missed. She leaves behind a huge chasm in so many hearts that cannot be filled.

“Eternal rest grant unto her, o Lord, may perpetual light shine about her, may she rest in peace.”

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Tip off leads to pensioner’s drug stash

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A BRIEFCASE full of drugs has been recovered during a raid in Swansea suburb.
Police acting on information provided by a member of the public executed a warrant in Gorseinon and recovered a large quantity of cannabis.
A man was arrested on suspicion of possession of the class B drug, with intent to supply.
A South Wales Police spokesman said: “At around 5.40pm on Wednesday, January 6, following an intelligence led operation, a 68 year-old man from Gorseinon was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.
“He was taken to Swansea central police station for questioning. He has been released under investigation”.

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