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Wales 'streets ahead on recycling'

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The Welsh Government says Wales remains streets ahead of the other UK nations in the amount of waste households sent to be recycled.

UK Statistics on Waste, published by Defra, show that Welsh homes recycled 54.8 per cent of their waste last year.

This compares to 44.8 per cent in England, 43.6 per cent in Northern Ireland and 41 per cent in Scotland.

Wales is the only UK nation to set statutory recycling targets and our approach is clearly paying dividends as we lead the way in the UK.

Welsh local authorities are already meeting the European target of recycling a minimum of 50 per cent by 2020.

It is important that we continue to recycle in the right way to get the economic and environmental benefits that we want to achieve for Wales.

– Carl Sergeant AM, Natural Resources Minister

£3 million to help local authorities meet recycling targets

Four councils will get a share of a £3 million fund to help them meet statutory recycling targets.

The Welsh Government says it'll help invest in new vehicles, containers and depots.

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Flintshire, Neath Port Talbot and Wrexham councils along with Newport City Council will receive £3m funding to help them develop services.

“Thanks to the efforts of individuals and local authorities, Wales continues to lead the UK with its recycling performance and is the 4th best country in Europe at recycling."

– Carl Sargeant AM, Natural Resources Minister


Three week black bag collection will be a 'disaster'

Gwynedd is the first in Wales to introduce three week black bag collection. Credit: Paul Fosh Auctions

Councillor Louise Hughes, of LLanegrin in Gwynedd says the move to a three week black bag collection was a big and expensive mistake.

She said, “It’s ridiculous. They did a questionnaire and had almost 2,000 responses and most people said ‘no way’. I can’t believe they’re going to go ahead, it will be a complete, unmitigated disaster.

“What it will mean especially for coastal towns is seagulls will be ripping open bin-bags. What is the point of consultation and then saying ‘we’re going to do it anyway’?”

The new collection regime will come into force in October and will take 18 months to introduce. Gwynedd County Council says it will save £350,000.

Your views on three week collection for black bins

Gwynedd is the first council in Wales to collect black bags every three weeks. Credit: PA

Gwynedd Council has become the first in Wales to introduce black bag collection every three weeks.

Councillors say it'll save £350,000 and recycling and food waste bins will still be collected weekly.

Diana Hulme on Facebook says says, "Do we get a reduction in our council tax to reflect the reduction in the number of collections???? Let me"

Stephen Giffard on Twitter add, " That's good news for rats I suppose."

Ben Jones on Facebook says, "Living with my partner and a 2 year-old baby and the bin is packed to the top after 2 weeks as it is. We recycle its not as if we just throw everything in one bin!"

Mared on Twitter says, "Disgusting health hazard. Are GCC going to slash the council tax to reflect the loss of services? No, I thought not!"

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Black bins collected every three weeks in Gwynedd

Rubbish collections in Gwynedd will be every three weeks from October. Credit: PA

Dustbins in Gwynedd will be emptied every three weeks instead of fortnightly following a vote by councillors.

The unanimous decision was taken by cabinet members claiming it was a sensible step repeated in other parts of the country.

The new timetable will come into force in October and will take 18 months to introduce throughout the county - it's claimed it will save £350,000.

The council heard that public surveys have shown that half of people anticipate problems with such things as nappy disposing. There were also concerns over rats, smells and bins becoming too heavy.

However there will be no changes to weekly household recycling, and food waste services, and a fortnightly collection of garden waste says the council.

Currently only half of Gwynedd residents use recycling bins.

“We must take steps to persuade those residents who continue to throw waste that can be recycled into their residential waste bins to start using the weekly recycling and food waste services,” says Councillor Gareth Roberts.

Cardiff Council's 'clear refuse bags' proposal criticised

Cardiff Council is being criticised for an idea to replace black refuse bags for clear ones in an attempt to expose 'missed opportunities' for recycling.

The council says it must look into all opportunities to maximise the number of people who recycle. But the idea hasn't gone down well with everyone. Critics say it's an invasion of privacy. Megan Boot reports.


Privacy fears over Cardiff Council's clear refuse bag proposal

Cardiff Council is considering swapping black refuse bags for clear ones, in order to spot missed opportunities for recycling.

It's just one idea being considered as part of a green paper on recycling initiatives that'll be published in the summer.

The council says it must look at all opportunities to maximise recycling.

"It's a very very good way of finding out a lot of information about somebody" says Emma Carr, from Big Brother Watch.

"I think allowing people to see very very clearly who you are as a person when you may feel uncomfortable with that is certainly a step too far".

Recycling rates rise again

We're recycling more waste. Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

People in Wales recycled 54% of their waste between July and September 2012.

Conwy topped the table, recycling 60% of its waste during the second quarter of 2012/13, followed by Anglesey, Wrexham, Ceredigion, Caerphilly and Monmouthshire, who all recycled 59% of their rubbish.

Wales' recycling record improving

48 percent of household waste was recycled or composted in Wales in the 12 months to the end of March 2012, a rise of 4 percent on the previous year, according to a new report published by the Welsh Government. The administration has set a target of 52 percent by 2012-13.

I am delighted that the people of Wales are managing their waste in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. The key thing now is that we continue to build on our recycling success so that we can meet our challenging targets of 70% recycling by 2025 and zero waste by 2050. I am very hopeful that this summer will see us breaking the 50% barrier.

– John Griffiths AM, Environment Minister

Recycling firm jobs boost for Caerphilly

Up to 100 jobs are to be created in Caerphilly with the opening of a new recycling service centre.

Caerphilly is already the head office for DS Smith Recycling's operations, employing 88 staff out of almost 400 across Wales.

The investment, which has received £436,000 from the Welsh Government, will also safeguard 22 jobs.

The new centre will bring direct and indirect benefits to the local economy while creating a significant number of jobs and career opportunities.

– Business Minister Edwina Hart

The centre will be based at Caerphilly Business Park, which the company says will enable it to centralise its IT, HR and finance operations.

DS Smith Plc employs 12,000 people worldwide and has a turnover of £2.5 billion.