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Carmarthenshire Council says two people have been fined £75 for dropping cigarette ends.

Council environmental enforcement officers issued the fixed penalty notices to the two men in Llandovery.

They were on patrol in the area ta the time of the offences.Failure to pay the fixed penalty notices could lead to prosecution in court and a fine of up to £2,500.

Cigarette ends fall into grates and cracks in the pavement and cannot be removed by normal cleaning methods.

Hopefully these fines will help to raise awareness of the problem and deter people from dropping this type of litter.

– Cllr Jim Jones, Carmarthenshire Council

Woman taken to court for dumping her sofa

A woman has been made to pay more than £200 for fly tipping her sofa.

The sofa dumped by Alison Smith and John Craig. Credit:

Alison Smith, 40, of North Road, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran and John Craig, 71, of Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, pleaded guilty to fly tipping the sofa at the South Pontypool Industrial Estate last December.

The pair were turned away from the household waste recycling centre in New Inn after they were abusive to staff who advised them they needed a permit to enter with a trailer.

They then dumped the sofa on a nearby industrial estate, blocking the entrance. They were each fined £120 and ordered to pay costs of £75, and a victim surcharge of £20.


10p extra for a bottle? But you can claim it back

The Welsh Conservatives are calling for a pilot of a 10p bottle deposit scheme to reduce litter.

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The 'Deposit Refund Scheme' would mean 10p would be added to the price when buying a recyclable container – such as plastic, glass or tin.

The deposit would then be reclaimed from a bottle recycling machine once the item was returned.

Ultimately, we need to be willing to embrace innovative ideas to reduce waste. It’s about changing our mentality about the litter we generate.

Deposit refund schemes operate effectively the world over, and can financially incentivise recycling and reduce waste significantly.

A pilot scheme could play a key role in initiating a fundamental culture shift in Wales, as well as tackling the source of three-quarters of the litter we see on our streets each day.

– Andrew RT Davies, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives

Resident fined for rubbish offence

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Carmarthenshire County Council says a Llanelli householder has been fined £100 for putting their rubbish bags outside someone else’s house.

The resident was issued with the fixed penalty notice by council environmental enforcement officers.

They had already received a notice under Section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Officers had already spoken to the resident concerned and warned them that if they breached the notice they would be fined. People must put their bags out on the correct day, in the correct location and with the correct items in. We don’t want to fine people; however if a resident continually ignores the council’s advice we have no choice.

– Cllr Jim Jones

Coffin route blanket laid to rest on Black Mountain

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A hand-knitted 20ft woolen blanket which has heather seeds sewn into it has been carried to the Black Mountain to help restore a peat bog.

The Cwtch blanket was knitted by Swansea based artist Ann Jordan in 2009 from 12 miles of yarn from local Black Mountain sheep.

When the blanket was completed in 2010 it was named ‘cwtch’ and laid in an ancient burial cairn on the Black Mountain to pay tribute to an ancient walking route dubbed the ‘coffin route’.

The route earned its name when the bodies of men from nearby farms, who died in quarries and mines on the other side of the Black Mountain, were returned home.

I am absolutely delighted that the blanket can be returned to the earth from whence it came and will hopefully play a role in repairing the bare peat that is in decline in that area. I made this blanket to represent the decline of the wool industry, to mark the old coffin route that not only quarry workers and miners walked along, but also a trail that farmers’ wives followed –knitting as they walked.

– Ann Jordan


Welsh landscapes to benefit from multi-million pound investment

Three of Wales's most distinctive landscapes - a mountain range, an estuary and a valley in Powys - are set to benefit from more than £6m worth of investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Visitors flock to the Clwydian Mountain Range and Dee Valley Project, many to see the iconic Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site. Credit: PA

The Clwydian Mountain Range and Dee Valley, the Elan Valley and the Gwent Levels, are all recognised as areas of outstanding beauty - and it's hoped the money will boost jobs through carefully planned conservation and renovation activity.

The investment will look to protect the landscapes and will see 3,000 training opportunities created, as well as a similar amount of volunteering opportunities.

"Our stunning landscapes define the very character of Wales and are as much a part of who we are as our castles, language and rugby. They are as much loved by the people who call Wales home as by tens of thousands of tourists who visit them. These fragile places must be conserved. However, if carefully managed, our landscape and countryside can also play a vital role in growing our nation's economy."

– Richard Bellamy, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Wales

The funding has been provided through the Heritage Lottery Fund's Landscape Partnership programme, which provides grants for schemes aiming to conserve areas of distinctive landscape character.

"These areas are being rightly recognised, not only for their beauty but for the significant role they play in representing the 'Wales' people think of and love - and come to visit. The support awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund will allow these areas to flourish from an environmental perspective, but the areas will also be able to reap increased economic benefits from tourists and business too through new jobs being created and significant training opportunities."

– Carl Sargeant, Minister for Natural Resources
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