Carmarthenshire residents more than make recycling target
RESIDENTS are being thanked for helping Carmarthenshire recycle more than half its rubbish during the last year.
Provisional figures, released by Welsh Government, show that the county has exceeded Wales' first statutory target of 52 per cent escaping any potential penalty by reaching 54 per cent of waste being recycled.
The results from the WasteDataFlow system show the combined reuse, recycling and composting rates for all local authorities in Wales.
A total of nine local authorities failed to meet the target.
Carmarthenshire achieved a five per cent increase on the previous year.
Council executive board member for technical services councillor Colin Evans said: "I am absolutely delighted that here in Carmarthenshire we have not only met but exceeded the first statutory target of 52 per cent and I cannot thank residents enough for all their efforts.
"The council could not have achieved this figure without the co-operation of householders in separating their waste to be recycled and composted.
"However, it is important we do not become complacent and we continue to keep up the good work as the targets are becoming more and more difficult.
I would urge residents to keep recycling and composting their food as much as possible."
A number of initiatives are underway across the county to help residents recycle including more recycling banks for small electrical items and community recycling advisors visiting householders to offer advice.
Figures also show Carmarthenshire is continuing to reduce the amount of waste it is sending to landfill.
During 2012/13 the county sent 15,572 tonnes of biodegradable municipal waste to landfill – that's just 61.5 per cent of its 25,304 tonnes allowance.
The figures have been revealed in the Landfill Allowances Scheme for Wales annual report, published by Natural Resources Wales.
The Landfill Allowances Scheme (LAS) limits the amount of biodegradable waste — such as paper, cardboard and food waste — that councils are allowed to send to landfill. Exceeding these allowances can lead to severe financial penalties.
Carmarthenshire was one of eight local authorities in Wales to be singled out in the report for using the least amount of its allowance (less than 70 per cent).
Councillor Colin Evans said: "As well as achieving an excellent recycling rate, we are also reducing the amount of rubbish we send to landfill year on year; making a real difference to the environment in which we live."