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Cartons to be recycled in Welsh county

A scheme has been launched in Carmarthenshire to recycle drinks cartons - the first of its kind in Wales.

Fruit juice, soup, sauce and long life milk cartons will be collected and then reprocessed into paper carrier bags and composting sacks.
Carmarthenshire County Council has teamed up with Carmarthenshire Recycling and the Liquid Food Carton Manufacturers Association for the scheme.

Its sustainability officer Diane Thomas said: "We will be asking the public to wash and squash the cartons. This way they will take up more space and be more pleasant for the collectors to handle.

"The cartons are 100% recyclable and are the only drinks packaging made principally from a renewable resource."

Carmarthenshire has placed banks at four civic amenity sites for the cartons in a bid to help raise its current recycling rate from 21% to 25% by 2006/07 and 40% by 2009/10.

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