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Students getting it sorted in Swansea with recycling

Students in Swansea are snapping up hundreds of recycling bags in a bid to reduce how much waste is being sent to landfill.

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Thousands of students have now returned to the city for the start of the new academic year and Swansea Council's Recycling Team has erected a pop-up stall in Singleton Park to help distribute recycling sacks and food waste bins to students going to and from lectures.

The recycling drive is part of the Council's 'Get it Sorted' campaign which aims to get students on board with the city's kerbside recycling services.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: "We will have the pop up stall in the park throughout October so we can meet with students and let them know all about the household waste services we have.

"The first week has been a huge success. From the feedback we have had, students clearly want to do the right thing and recycle their waste. They have been queuing up to collect all they need for their home and I'm delighted they are getting on board."

Two second year students, Amber Shanahan and David Adekeye, both 19, are keen that everyone does their bit.

Amber said: "We recycled our waste during our first year while in halls. It was easy because everything was provided. Now we are living off campus we need to be more aware of collection days and make sure we have all the different colour bags.

"I feel that it's ignorant for people not to recycle. It's our planet and we need to take care of it.

David added: "It makes sense to get on board and recycle our household waste. We just need to make sure we have correct bags and bins where we are living."

More than 1,500 recycling packs have already been delivered to rented properties in the city where students have moved in.  The packs provide information on what materials go in the different colour bags and also lets students know what day their collections are.

Recycling officers have also carried out a door knocking exercise in Uplands and Brynmill after the first collection took place. Officers targeted properties where bags had not been collected.

Cllr Thomas added: "Like all parts of the city, our collection crews will not pick up bags if either the wrong materials are in the bags or if the wrong colour bags are put out. During the recent exercise we expected some students to not get it quite right. They have only just move to the city and are getting used to how different services operate.

"Most we spoke to made genuine mistakes and I'm confident this will be rectified during the following weeks and months.

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