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Swansea keeps contamination at bay with dedicated paper bulking facility

Swansea now houses an innovative new bulking facility for kerbside and paper bank collected newspapers and magazines, to ensure they are kept dry at this critical stage of the recycling process.

The bulking facility, which sits on land at the Swansea Baling plant, is a result of a contract between Swansea city council and newsprint manufacturer Aylesford Newsprint. Managed by the Swansea City Waste Disposal Company, the 28m by 18m plant can hold up to 750 tonnes and has two collection bays.

Problems with cross contamination and damp material impact on the recyclability of material collected. The new plant should minimise these issues and ensure material supplied to the paper mill is of top quality.

The City and County of Swansea cabinet member for the environment councillor John Hague said: “We were conscious that recovered paper has become a resource rather than waste. It has become more important than ever to us as an authority to ensure our markets for this resource, and that means keeping the material as clean, dry and contaminant-free as possible.”

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