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Recycling your waste makes a real difference to the environment – why not make it your New Year’s resolution in 2016 to do your bit and recycle more?

It’s not just in the kitchen and bathroom where recyclable waste is created; you will be surprised how many items can be recycled from every room of the home. For example, the living room will have magazines and catalogues and the bedroom could have perfume bottles, old clothes and cosmetic boxes which can all be recycled too.

Did you know…? • Reducing our waste decreases the need for more landfill and your recycled material is a valuable resource. Once it has been collected from your doorstep

it’s taken away to be sorted, bailed and then transported to re-processors to be made into new products.

• In Newport the energy saved by recycling card, is equivalent to providing electricity to 398 Newport households for a whole year.

• Welsh households throw away the equivalent of six meals a week, costing the average family almost £60 a month.

If you haven’t recycled before then it is very simple. Find out what equipment you need to start recycling contact Newport City Council on

01633 656656 or visit


Newport City Council is reminding people that it has a zero tolerance to littering, with a simple message – don’t do it unless you are happy to pick up a fine.

More than 792 people were issued fines for littering in Newport since April 2015.

And one person who ignored paying a fixed penalty fine of £75 ended up with a court bill costing £512.

Since Easter, council wardens have issued 792 littering fixed penalty notices.

The council’s enforcement officers deal with littering by offering an offender the initial option of paying a fixed penalty of £75, as opposed to going to court.

Most offenders pay up, but if they don’t, the council will prosecute the offender.


Wastesavers and Newport City Council are asking residents to leave the metal caps on their glass bottles when they recycle them. The caps are made from aluminium, a valuable metal that can be extracted when the glass is recycled.

The first phase of the campaign was launched in December which saw Wastesavers putting eye catching stickers on communal glass recycling bins in flats across the city.

Phil Hurst, Communications and Development Officer with Wastesavers said:

“Thanks to modern recycling methods aluminium bottle tops are actually easier to recover for recycling when they are collected with the glass.

It is clear from the recent penalties the courts are handing down, that Newport Magistrates take a very dim view of littering offences too.

Thirty-four offenders have been fined in court since April following prosecutions brought by the council for littering.

This has been where the offender has been offered the chance to pay a fixed penalty, but for whatever reason has chosen not to.

In recent hearings, individuals pleading guilty have had to pay £392 (made up of a £100 fine, £150 court costs, £120 prosecution costs and a £22 victim surcharge).

Others, who failed to turn up to court, resulting in the council proving

“Newport residents can help by simply screwing the top back onto the empty bottle and dropping it in their recycling box or glass recycling wheelie bin if they live in flats.”

Councillor Deb Davies, Newport City Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene and City Services added;

“This initiative is another easy way in which residents can recycle more of their waste. This small change can make a big difference each year to how much we recycle in Newport.”

Rick Hindley, Executive Director of the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) said:

“The market for aluminium bottle closures is growing rapidly, particularly for wine bottles, so it is important that we get in the habit of recycling them so that the aluminium can be melted and re-used.

the case in their absence, have ended up paying a total of £512.

Cllr Bob Poole, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Functions said:

“The council takes a very dim view of people who litter. It costs thousands of pounds to clear up, money which should be spent on other important council services to Newport residents.

“We will not hesitate to take action against anyone caught littering or fly tipping and I’m pleased to see the courts are handing down harsh penalties too. I want this to act as a deterrent to anyone who leaves their waste on our streets.”

The message is clear, it will cost you dear to litter; so please take your rubbish home or put it in a bin.

Simply screwing the top back on the empty bottle before recycling is the simplest and easiest way for people to do their bit in recovering this valuable, sustainable and recyclable material.”

Rebecca Cocking, Head of Container Affairs at British Glass, who are part-funding the Alupro campaign in association with the European Aluminium Foil Association’s (EAFA) Closure Group, commented:

“We see this as an excellent campaign that both informs and helps the consumer to recycle as much as possible. It also highlights the important role recycling banks play in getting good quality glass back into the system, helping saving energy and raw materials.”

Bottles are recycled in your green Wastesavers box.

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