Councils wait on ruling over fines for recycling
WELSH ministers are yet to decide if councils including Swansea and Neath Port Talbot will be fined for missing the first ever statutory recycling targets.
Provisional figures indicate the two councils recycled 48 per cent of their municipal waste in the year ending March 31, 2013, which is four per cent below the target.
Welsh councils and householders have come a long way in getting into recycling habits, but Cardiff Bay bosses can now impose a £200 fine for every tonne of waste which exceeds the target.
Council chiefs hope this will reinforce the message that residents should recycle as much as possible, especially as the targets are heading upwards.
A Welsh Government spokeswoman said: "We will shortly receive more detailed information from Natural Resources Wales, the body that monitors recycling performance, on local authority compliance with our statutory targets. Welsh ministers will consider the report in detail before determining whether any penalties need to be applied."
In a bid to increase recycling rates, staff at the Clyne civic amenity site, Derwen Fawr, began separating paper, glass, tins and plastic from smelly black bin bags last year. And a campaign in St Thomas and Clydach has resulted in 1,100-plus homes using the council's kitchen waste recycling service.
Trish Flint, Swansea Council's recycling officer, said yesterday: "Every home is provided with what they need to recycle. We have also increased the availability of recycling bags and food waste containers. Libraries, post offices and local shops now supply them."
Mark Nelson, of Graiglwyd Road, Cockett, who is blind, said: "I recycle all that I possibly can, overcoming my sight issues by having the bins strategically placed around the garage with the correct coloured bags in the bins."