New kits to help students get recycling message
HUNDREDS of recycling kits are now being delivered to student properties in Brynmill as the new academic year starts at Swansea's universities.
Rubbish put out too early or in the wrong recycling bags has been a cause of complaint for permanent residents of the city suburb which has a high transitional student population.
Swansea Council hopes by persuading more of them to recycle correctly it will help tackle the problem.
Council staff have been out and about in the area to deliver packs that include a small food waste bin for internal use and storage, a large food waste bin for collection, bin liners and rolls of green and pink bags.
The recycling kits also include information about recycling in Swansea and details of collection dates.
Staff will also be door-knocking properties in Brynmill over the coming weeks as well to encourage people who don't recycle their food waste to start taking part.
Food waste bins in Swansea are collected on a weekly basis instead of fortnightly which means smells don't get a chance to build up.
June Burtonshaw, council cabinet member for place, said: "Brynmill is the latest of many communities our staff have visited over recent months to help encourage residents to recycle more and take up our food waste collection service.
"Evidence shows this has a hugely positive impact because participation in our food waste collection service has increased by up to 40 per cent in some of the communities we've been to.
"People don't want waste food hanging around too long in case it attracts animals or vermin.
"By putting food waste out weekly in the lockable green bins rather than fortnightly in the black bags, it makes all the difference for your community and the environment.
"It also helps save hundreds of tonnes of waste being sent to landfill every year.
"Visiting Brynmill at this time of year makes perfect sense because we want students to take on board the importance of recycling here in Swansea as soon as they arrive for the new semester."
St Thomas, Clydach, Manselton, Loughor, Llansamlet and Clase are among the communities door-knocking teams have already visited so far this year.
Their efforts have also led to an increase in the amount of waste being collected from green bags.
The team plans to visit eight other Swansea communities after Brynmill, which means they'll have covered most of the city.
Recycling bags and bins are available from over 80 locations across Swansea.
Take a look at www.swansea.gov.uk/recycling or call 01792 635600 to find your nearest location.