Leader's got recycling in the bag after waste challenge
THE bins of 13 Oaklands Terrace, Mount Pleasant — home of Swansea Council leader David Phillips — have come under scrutiny.
Mr Phillips and his wife and fellow councillor Sybil Crouch have taken part in a challenge to see if they could avoid using black bin bags for a week.
And they very nearly did!
A few items ended up there, such as wrapping from a pack of butter, some tin foil and the contents of their vacuum cleaner.
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The council said other residents took part in the zero-waste challenge, and hope more people will make use of the authority's kerbside collections.
Mr Phillips said: "My wife and I already recycle as much of our household waste as we can.
"What was interesting for me was to find out if we could actually avoid putting anything at all in the black bag.
"We didn't quite manage to avoid using the black bag altogether, but we will only be putting out black bags once a month as there's not enough in it to put out every other week."
Swansea, like every other council in Wales, is expected to recycle 52 per cent of its waste by April 2013 or face possible financial penalties. The city is currently recycling just over 46 percent of its waste.
Council recycling officer Trish Flint said: "We wanted to set a challenge that would give residents an incentive to think more about the waste they dispose of. Many residents recycle but they don't recycle all they can.
"Other resident are still not using the kerbside recycling services at all and this is a great way of encouraging more to start."