REFURBISHED bikes and electrical appliances are among the products which could be sold at a new recycling facility in Carmarthenshire.
Cwm Environmental Ltd wants to create a “reuse village” at its Nantycaws household waste recycling centre, east of Carmarthen.
It would comprise several containers offering “upcycled” garden and wood products, plus paint, bikes and other items.
There would also be a cafe, learning centre, toilets and around 26 parking spaces.
Items would be brought from the adjacent household waste recycling centre and Cwm Environmental’s other sites in Ammanford, Llanelli and Whitland.
The land earmarked for the new development is currently grazing land with the nearest property 280 metres away, according to a planning document submitted with the company’s application to Carmarthenshire Council.
The aim of the enterprise is to reduce the amount of items which end up in landfill sites. Burying waste in landfill costs councils a lot of money – and recycling targets are heading upwards.
Carmarthenshire Council is meeting the current 64% target but faces a 70% one in three years’ time, like all other authorities in Wales.
Environment chiefs in the county are concerned that a lot of recycable waste, including food scraps, end up in black bags.
They are considering changes to the kerbside collection service, potentially including three-weekly black bag collections instead of fortnightly, and a new weekly collection of recyclables like cardboard, plastic and cans. Glass is also set to be picked up the kerbside from 2022 instead of relying on householders to take it to glass collection centres.
Meanwhile, it is estimated that the new “reuse village” at Nantycaws would generate 57 two-way trips per day. This would not have a “material” impact on the nearby junction with the A48, according to traffic consultants commissioned by Cwm Environmental.
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