PEOPLE taking rubbish to household waste sites in Carmarthenshire will have to prove they live in the county after a rise in use by Swansea residents.
Leaders in Carmarthenshire are worried that they will miss recycling targets in 2019-20 – potentially leading to Welsh Government fines – and have now tightened the rules at its household waste sites at Whitland, Trostre, Nanycaws and Wernddu.
They are targeting these sites because more non-recyclable rubbish is ending up there.
Executive board members heard that new measures introduced by Swansea Council at its waste sites in 2016 had cut the amount of non-recyclabe waste by 8,700 tonnes – a similar figure to the increase at Carmarthenshire’s.
The officer report before the executive board said: “Whilst it is impossible to say with any certainty that the increase in Carmarthenshire is a direct result of material being displaced from the Swansea region, it is believed that there is partial correlation.”
Council leader Emlyn Dole said: “While we do welcome neighbours from over the (Loughor) bridge, we don’t welcome their waste.”
The report added that residents from other authorities also used Carmarthenshire household waste sites because of their proximity.
The executive board approved the following recommendations to restrict useage at the four sites:
– Reduce the opening hours by one hour each day, in the afternoons, from April
– Ban commercial waste at all the sites except Nantycaws, from April
– Residency checks, phased from April
– New permit system allowing residents to use small-scale vans to deposit domestic waste up to 12 times a year, from June
– New areas at the four sites where black bags can be opened and recyclable products taken out, from October.
Waste chiefs hope these actions could drive up the current recycling rate of 61% to 65% as well as saving up to £275,000 per year.
They will also work with householders to remind them what can be recycled at the kerbside.
Executive board member for the environment, Councillor Hazel Evans, said: “I would like to thank the people of Carmarthenshire for what they do recycle.”
Swansea Council is introducing measures of its own to drive up recycling, including knocking on the doors of persistent non-recyclers to persuade them to change their behaviour.
Carmarthenshire Council’s deputy leader Mair Stephens said everyone had a part to play to keep recycling levels up.
“It’s all our responsibility,” she said.