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Timeline for major changes to kerbside waste collection in Carmarthenshire revealed

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Carmarthenshire Council have announced when they plan to start implementing major changes to kerbside waste and recycling collection in the county – with the first changes kicking in from Spring 2022.

Proposals include reducing black bag collections to three bags once every three weeks, increasing blue bag recycling to weekly and introducing a new kerbside glass collection.

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The changes come as the county’s cabinet agreed a future waste strategy that will allow them to meet the Welsh Government’s new targets of 70% recycling rate by 2025 and zero waste by 2050.

A series of changes will be made to household bin collections over the next three years to increase the county’s recycling rate and reduce its carbon footprint.

The council say that at the moment they provide a weekly food waste collection, along with a fortnightly collection of blue recycling bags and black bags – however, on average, almost half (46%) of the contents in black bags are recyclable.

So, from Spring 2022, fortnightly collections of nappies will be available to residents that need it.

In autumn 2022, the council will begin collecting unlimited blue recycling bags – containing paper, cardboard, plastic and cans – every week alongside weekly food waste collections. Free blue bags, compostable food waste liners and food waste caddies will continue to be provided to every household.

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Also, from Autumn ‘22, crews will start collecting glass from the kerbside every three weeks and as a result of the increased recycling provision up to three black bags per household will then be picked up every three weeks. 

Residents will also be able to continue the popular paid for garden waste collection service, available between March and November every year as well as take advantage of the low-cost compost bin provision offered which could contribute to further reducing carbon footprint by home composting.

Bigger changes are then planned for 2024 – by which time the council will have renewed its bin lorries to allow even better recycling collections, more of the fleet at this point will be eco- friendly electric vehicles that allow for kerbside sorting.

The council will then be collecting glass, paper, cardboard, cans and plastic, textiles, used batteries and small household appliances from people’s doorsteps, with equipment provided so that the items can be stored and collected separately.

With the increased kerbside recycling available for residents to use the council say there will be very little residual waste to pick up every three weeks.

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Cllr Hazel Evans, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We want to thank our residents for every effort they are making to reduce, reuse and recycle – everybody’s collective efforts are making a big difference to the amount Carmarthenshire recycles. However, there is more we can do which is why we have agreed changes that will support residents to recycle even more.

“More than 4,000 people took part in a consultation on our future waste strategy, and the majority of people said they wanted to recycle more. We have listened to that feedback, and from next year we will be carrying out separate collections of nappies and glass so that there’s less to put in black bags, and from 2024 will be introducing more changes so that we can work towards achieving a 70 per cent recycling rate by 2025 and zero waste by 2050.”

Cllr Ann Davies, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, said the changes will support the authority’s target of becoming net carbon zero.

“As an authority we are committed to tackling climate change and reducing and offsetting carbon emissions with the aim of becoming net carbon zero by 2030,” she said.

“Through our Prosiect Zero Sir Gâr campaign we are getting everyone involved in helping us reach that target and recycling forms a huge part of that plan. The more we can reduce, reuse and recycle, the better.

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“We are also making changes so that our operations leave less of a carbon footprint – for example we have rationalised our routes so that our lorries do less mileage, and we are trialling electric powered lorries to carry out collections in the future.

“These, and other measures, have helped us reduce carbon emissions from our fleet by 19% since 2012/13, but we know there is more work to do.”

(Lead image: Carmarthenshire Council)

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Man who filmed rape on Ammanford victim’s phone changes plea mid trial

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A man who filmed himself raping an Ammanford woman on his victim’s phone has changed his plea to guilty midway through his trial.

Cameron Hassan, aged 31, of no fixed abode, attacked the woman, raping her as she slept on 21 August 2021.

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Hassan had been on trial at Swansea Crown Court after denying any wrongdoing. However, after the jury was shown the video of the attack and hearing the victim was going to give evidence yesterday (Tuesday, 10 May), Hassan changed his plea to guilty.

Investigating Officer DC Sophie Lambert from Dyfed Powys Police said the victim had shown great strength and determination throughout the investigation.

“I must commend her tremendous courage in coming forward and the tenacity shown throughout the investigation,” she said.

“We hope this case demonstrates that Dyfed-Powys Police acts on serious allegations such as rape and sexual assault with officers working tirelessly to secure justice for victims.

“If you are suffering because of similar abuse, please contact the police, or if you would rather speak to someone in confidence, New Pathways are an independent charity that will support you through every step of the investigation.”

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New Pathways can be contacted at 01685 379 310 or email enquiries@newpathways.org.uk

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Women’s Tour of Britain returns to Carmarthenshire

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The countdown is on before the world’s top women riders will race through Carmarthenshire as part of the Women’s Tour of Britain.

Some 108 cyclists will race through the County to the finishing line on top of the Black Mountain between Llangadog and Brynamman as part of the stage five event on Friday, June 10.

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The route will be starting from Pembrey Country Park at 10.45am and riders competing for the title will go through Pinged, Carway, Pontyberem, Horeb, Llansawel, and Llangadog.

A rolling road closure will take place along the 65-mile route which will come into action at 10.45am until 1.50pm.

Roads will be re-opened once the cyclists have passed through. A full road closure will be in place over the Black Mountain from 5am-5pm.

The event will be broadcast on ITV4 and across Europe with a helicopter camera crew following the race.

The Women’s Tour departs on Monday, June 6, and coincides with the final day of a four-day Bank Holiday weekend in the UK to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. The race will culminate with a prestigious finale six days later on Saturday, June 11.

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Pembrey Country Park previously hosted the Grand Départ of the men’s Tour of Britain as well as the overall finish of the Women’s Tour in 2019.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Chief Executive, Wendy Walters said: “We are thrilled that we have again been chosen to host this top cycling event. Previous years have brought an immediate economic boost to the tourism sector as well as providing a great deal of positive media coverage.”

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Man banned from driving for 12 months for fishing offence

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A man from Merthyr Tydfil who travelled to the River Loughor, near Llanelli to fish using a barbaric and illegal method, has been banned from driving for 12 months as part of his sentence.

Vu Quang Tien pleaded guilty to an illegal fishing charge and also to a charge of obstruction of a Natural Resources Wales (NRW) Fisheries Enforcement Officer on 26 April at Swansea Magistrates Court.

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Mr Tien and two other anglers were witnessed by NRW Fisheries Enforcement Officers deliberately using the illegal foul hooking method of fishing – also known as snatching – at the river Loughor on 15 August 2021. NRW officers attended the site after several reports of illegal fishing were made to NRW’s 24/7 incident call centre by concerned members of the community.

When approached and questioned by NRW officers, Mr Tien and his accomplices showed significant hostility and reluctance to share identification documents which eventually had to be extracted by use of reasonable force.

All of Mr Tien’s fishing tackle and fish, along with his associates’ fishing tackle was seized by NRW Officers at the time of the incident. The district judge on the day at Swansea Magistrates Court gave permission to NRW to confiscate these items permanently from each of them.

The District Judge disqualified Mr Tien from driving for 12 months due to seriousness of the incident, and the premeditated and deliberate action of travelling such a distance to commit the offence.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £2,334 in fines, NRW costs and a victim surcharge.

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Mark Thomas, Fisheries Enforcement Officer for NRW, said: “We would like to again thank Dyfed Powys Police, the local communities and also the law-abiding anglers in the area for their continued support in reporting these illegal fishing activities.

“Foul hooking is a truly barbaric form of fishing carried out by a small minority of anglers in Wales, who have no regard for fish welfare.

“NRW and the Police take these incidents seriously as do the courts.

“Hopefully, the small minority of anglers who may in future, think of using any illegal fishing methods will take heed of the heavy fines and driving ban in this case issued by the courts.”

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