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.
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."