Posted: Thu 4th Feb 2016

Townhill targeted in fly tipping and recycling improvements

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016

A number of streets in a Swansea community are being targeted in a council-led clean-up operation.
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Swansea Council has identified four streets in Townhill which suffer continually from fly tipping problems. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Gomer Road, Gwylfa Road, Geiriol Road and Ceri Road have all been identified as hotspots for fly tipping which includes abandoned black refuse sacks on the streets. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

To help tackle the problem, clean-up teams from the council are visiting the area over a number of days. Part of the work will include trying to identify who is responsible for fly tipping. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Environment & Transportation said: “This initiative is about how we can help improve local communities for the people who are living in them. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Fly tipping is something which regularly occurs in many communities across Swansea and it’s something we are keen to tackle.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The initiative will also aim to increase recycling performance in the streets where it has been observed that recycling levels are low. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

On collection day, recycling officers will be selecting a number of the black bags put out for collection in those streets and will be inspecting them to filter out recyclable materials. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Hopkins added: “Many of the homes in these particular streets are putting out more black bags than the limit allows and this leads to them being abandoned, contributing to the fly tipping problem. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We will be collecting up these bags so we can highlight the amount of recyclable material that is inside them and hopefully encourage residents to do the right thing. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We provide kerbside recycling services to all households in Swansea. We are facing difficult financial challenges in Swansea and recycling is one way that residents can help us reduce our costs.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Similar work is expected to be completed in other parts of Swansea where recycling levels are low and where fly tipping continues. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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