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News round-up 7/4

Black bag limit; Wales EfW concern; Cornwall flotsam haul; Somerset recycling improvements

Swansea limits black bags

Residents in Swansea will only be allowed to put out three black bin bags for collection every fortnight from today.

The controversial introduction of a black bag limit has been adopted by the Swansea City Council to reduce the amount of refuse going to landfill.

The council, which operates fortnightly refuse and weekly recycling kerbside collections, says residual waste disposal currently stands at £4m a year in landfill costs.

Wales EfW concerns raised by MP

Llanelli MP Nia Griffith has said a planned energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in Carmarthenshire should be put under further scrutiny.

Clean Power Properties outlined plans to heat organic waste to generate power at the Cwmgwili facility, as well as separating waste and building a solar park.

But Griffith said: “There doesn’t seem to be any example of it up and working we can look at and we don’t really want to be the guinea pigs here.”

Vale Europe plans for a similar EfW scheme have been given the nod at its nickel refinery in Clydach.

Cornwall flotsam haul

Items including Lego pieces, a TV set and a plastic chicken are among the tonnes of litter washed up on UK beaches, a massive coastal clean-up exercise has revealed.

Environmental campaigners collected a staggering 25 tonnes of marine litter from beaches around the UK, including a record haul in North Cornwall, with supporters bagging the weight equivalent of 833,333 one litre plastic bottles.

West Somerset ‘most improved recycler’

West Somerset residents have won praise for their progress in recycling as the “most improved” district in the county.

With the roll-out in recent years of the council’s Sort It Plus service, West Somerset families have swiftly boosted their recycling rate from 27.2% in 2009-10 to an impressive 44.1% in 2012-13.



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