NEATH Port Talbot Council is set to get more than £230,000 to invest in recycling.
The authority has previously failed to reach Welsh Government recycling targets — but has since turned its fortune around, increasing its recycling rate for the first six months of 2013/14 (April — September), exceeding 55 per cent.
To help them continue this upward trend, Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies, has announced £237,884 of funding from the Welsh Government.
The funding will be used to pay for a range of recycling containers, including reusable sacks for green waste collection, food waste bins and kitchen caddies, as the council works with local residents to improve recycling rates.
Mr Davies AM, said: "This funding will support projects that help local authorities to meet our recycling targets as we work towards a zero waste future for Wales.
"Thanks to the efforts of Welsh householders and local authorities, we are now recycling over half of our municipal waste, and are looking towards our next target of recycling 58% by 2016.
"This investment is designed to support local authorities as they continue to make improvements."
To encourage people across the county to recycle, the authority has rolled out a number of schemes.
A smaller bin scheme was piloted in the Afan Valley, with residents swapping from 240 litre wheelie bins to smaller 140 litre versions. It saw recycling rates increase by 50 per cent.
The next areas to receive smaller bins are Banwen and Clyne.
The funding has been awarded as part of the Collaborative Change Programme, which has helped 15 authorities across Wales so far.