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Villages aiming to become zero waste heroes

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: October 12, 2013

Recycling... June Burtonshaw.

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RESIDENTS of North Gower villages have stepped up to take on a challenge that could see them reducing their waste to nothing.

Members of the communities of Llanmadoc, Cheriton, Cwm Ivy and Llandimore approached Swansea Council's Recycling team to ask if they could help them sign up to the Zero Waste Challenge.

The aim of the challenge will be to reduce the amount of waste they put out in their black bags by reducing, reusing and recycling as much as possible.

The move has been welcomed by some of Swansea Council's leading councillors.

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The authority's cabinet member for sustainability, Sybil Crouch said: "It's really fantastic that these communities are so forward-thinking that they asked our recycling officers if they could go for it.

"We took on the Zero Waste Challenge in our own home some months ago and I have every confidence that these Gower villagers will set a fantastic example."

June Burtonshaw, Swansea Council's cabinet member for place said: "We want to make it as easy as possible to recycle. Participation in our weekly green bin collection scheme for food waste is continuing to grow and the green and pink bag collections are simple and effective to use. I'm delighted that the people of these Gower Villages have come forward in this way."

The Gower villages' Zero Waste Challenge kicks off next Wednesday with a meeting in Llanmadoc Village Hall at 7pm where residents can find out more about the challenge.

Claire Bradley from the Recycling team said: "The residents will be able to bring along examples of any items that they are not sure how to recycle and we will advise them how to recycle them.

"We are going to weigh the black bags collected from the area before and after the challenge and hopefully we will see a reduction which we can then feed back to the residents to inspire them to carry on."

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  • point2  |  October 13 2013, 6:37PM

    weslangdon Have you read the manifesto from the successful candidates from the last election, how many of them now have fulfilled their promises . Take politics out of local government and then see how they behave if they do not have to toe the party line. Tell lies before the election and ignore these promises after the election seems to be the norm. In This part of Neath Port Talbot the prospective candidates promised at the last election to do something about roads and pavements and this was endorsed by the Labour AM and MP but these promises have not been kept.

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  • weslangdon  |  October 13 2013, 4:19PM

    Getting rid of all Cllrs is plain WRONG, it would remove our democratic input as voters; thats not the same as saying we need fewer Councils and consequently fewer Cllrs, which I think most would agree with. However with larger Authorities and fewer Cllrs overall, the quality of Cllrs will become very noticable and as voters we can all play a role in keeping them focused on what we need for our communities. If we don't get involved they will do as they like.

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  • gbswales  |  October 13 2013, 1:46PM

    @arnoldlane - so who do you suggest should make decisions about local services?

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  • BarryStir  |  October 13 2013, 12:47PM

    What fantastic news! If more communities followed this inspiring lead then the South West Wales Waste Partnership's secret plans for an enormous waste incinerator at Felindre would be dead in the water - which would save us all a small fortune and allow the officer's to concentrate on really sustainable solutions. In the meantime let's hope the Council play a part in helping Zero Waste initiatives by pushing the Welsh Government and Westminster for legislation requiring manufacturers to replace those materials which are currently very hard to recycle - like composites of paper/ plastic/ metal including Tetra paks - with easily recyclable alternatives. ps arnoldlane castigates Councillors. It is clear that some do not do the job we want them to - but frustrating as they can be we do still need them to provide scrutiny of the actions of Council Officer's. There is a lot which can be improved with the current situation - but an officer run council with absolutely no public scrutiny or involvement would almost certainly be much worse. Elected Councillors are also relatively cheap compared with officers. The largest total expenses bill for the Councillors was David Phillips claim of £1,056.99 during the 2012/2013 financial year. His allowance is less than £51,000 [1] - a lot of money - but far more than other Councillors (many of whom claim no expenses even though entitled to them ) and much less than the Council officers - who get paid upto three times as much [2]: Chief exec – Jack Straw Salary £140,000 (with other payments and employer pension contributions = £168,700) Corporate director environment – Reena Owen Salary £110,161 (with other payments and employer pension contributions = £132,870) Corporate director regeneration and housing – Salary £110,000 (with other payments and employer pension contributions = £132,550) Corporate director education – Salary £105,000 (with other payments and employer pension contributions = £126,684) [1] http://tinyurl.com/len68ry [2] http://tinyurl.com/lz4c2du

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  • arnoldlane  |  October 12 2013, 12:51PM

    If only the council practised zero waste, how about a reduction in councillors by 100%. What a waste they are no need for any of them.

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