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Swansea to introduce nappy collections to make AWCs easier for residents

As part of new kerbside collection plans involving a move to alternate weekly collections (AWCs), parents in Swansea can now sign up with the council for a dedicated nappy collection service.

Swansea Council has introduced the service to alleviate concerns about dirty nappies being left for two weeks in the residual waste collection under the new AWC system which rolls out from October.

A council spokesperson told MRW: “This [nappy collection service] is another way of helping residents to cope with the changes we are introducing. Things which people may find it a little bit difficult to keep for two weeks, such as nappies and food waste, are being collected weekly.”

Under the new AWC system residents will have their food waste, recycling collections of paper, cardboard, glass and cans and green waste collected one week. The following week they will have their kitchen waste, plastic recycling and residual waste collected.

Swansea Council cabinet member for environment John Hague said: “We want residents to have the opportunity to do their bit for Swansea and deal with their own domestic waste in a more responsible manner.

“For every tonne of waste we send to landfill above our Welsh Assembly Government landfill allowances we have to pay £200 in fines. Over the coming years the landfill allowance will reduce and landfill tax will increase, sending the costs to council taxpayers soaring if we do not change.

“So far the people of Swansea have done a great job in achieving recycling rates of almost 40 percent. But we can’t stand still. We need to do better if we are to avoid massive costs in future years. Doing nothing is not an option.”

Letters and information pack are in the process of being delivered to residents in Swansea, explaining all the changes and when they are being introduced in specific areas.

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