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Plastic recycling trial to be rolled out city-wide in Swansea

A kerbside recycling scheme that has been trialled in parts of Swansea is being rolled out across this city.

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From June 24, Swansea Council will start providing households with reusable pink bags for the disposal of household plastics. The reusable bags will replace the current system where households normally fill single-use plastic sacks with recyclable plastic items.

The city-wide roll out of the scheme will take place over ten weeks and residents will each be provided with everything the need to join in the new collection process.

Residents will be asked to place loose plastic items in the reusable bags in an effort to satisfy plastic recycling companies who say that plastic sacks included in collections can affect the recycling process.

The trial has been ongoing for more than 12 months, serving around 3,000 properties in the city.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Services, said: "The current system for collecting household plastic has been excellent for diverting a lot of waste away from landfill and improving our overall recycling rate.

"What happens with the plastic once it's collected is equally important and companies we work with no longer want plastic bags. Therefore we have to adapt our collection methods so we can meet the needs of plastic reprocessing companies."

A weighted base on the reusable bags also means they are less likely to be blown around the street during high winds.

Cllr Thomas added: "Tackling the issue of single use plastic sacks being blown around streets has also been a concern and this trial is helping to solve that issue.

"During the trial we have also been able to get feedback from residents taking part so we can improve the sacks that all households are getting.

All councils in Wales must recycle 64% of its waste by 2020. In May this year, the Council published provisional stats for recycling in Swansea which show the city has achieved a recycling rate of 63.7%

Cllr Thomas said: "I'm delighted that we are increasing our recycling rate and moving towards the targets set by the Welsh Government. The key is for all households to do their bit as the targets will increase and we need to ensure that we keep moving forward."

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