Council escapes fines by beating recycling target
CARMARTHENSHIRE Council has escaped potential fines by exceeding Wales's first ever statutory recycling targets.
Council chiefs have praised residents for their help in recycling 54 per cent of the county's municipal waste in the year ending March 31, 2013.
Although the figure is provisional, it is two per cent higher than the Welsh Government target — and 6 per cent more than Swansea and Neath Port Talbot councils achieved.
Failing councils will find out at a later date if they are to be hit with fines of up to £200 per tonne of waste exceeding the target.
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 under way across the county to help residents recycle, including more recycling banks for small electrical items and community recycling advisors visiting householders to offer advice.
Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies AM, congratulated all concerned for their hard work, adding: "Wales continues to be the top recycling nation in the UK by some distance.
"As a Government we will continue to work with all local authorities in Wales to ensure their recycling rates keep on getting better."