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Swansea Council and Carmathenshire Council to receive £2.5m recycling package

Swansea Council and Carmarthenshire Council are to receive £2.5 million of a £14 million grant package for Wales to improve their recycling schemes. Both councils will share the £2.5m package to improve their kitchen recycling services after making a joint application for funds. The move comes after the Welsh Assembly Government awarded grants to 13 local councils over the next two years to help Wales meet its recycling targets. Swansea council will be using its half of the cash to buy specially built recycling collection vehicles aimed at speeding up the collection process. Around 35,000 homes in the city currently have access to the kerbside kitchen waste scheme and it is hoped the money will help expand the service to other areas of Swansea. Waste management service divisional officer Ian Whettleton said: We hope to use the funding to buy purpose-built collection vehicles that can separate different types of recyclables during one visit. The kitchen waste service is growing in popularity with residents and we have been keen to expand it further. This money will allow us to expand the service much quicker than we planned. Cabinet member for the environment John Hague added: This joint partnership with Carmarthenshire council has given us the opportunity to access the funding needed to increase recycling services in Swansea. Providing residents with as many opportunities as possible to recycle their household waste is vital if we are to reduce the amount of waste we currently send to landfill and achieve a 40% recycling rate by 2010. Image: Swansea coat of arms

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