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Newport City Council apprentice Sam Shingler has been singled out for a top award.

Sam, who is employed in the Street Scene and City Services department, and who won apprentice of the year with Safe and Secure Training Newport, has now been chosen as a worthy winner of the sustainable resource management award at this year’s annual Quality Skills Alliance (QSA) Apprenticeship Awards.

Sam picked up his award at a celebration evening held at Cardiff and Vale College’s City Centre Campus, on Thursday 10 March.

Sam Shingler, centre, is congratulated by Peter Clissold, left, director of Safe and Secure Training and Cllr Deb Davies, cabinet member for Street Scene and City Services


There are two main ways of collecting household recycling; one system is where residents put their recyclable items in a variety of containers and it is sorted on the kerbside – this is known as a kerbside sort. The other method is where residents put all of their recyclable items in one container which is sorted at a diff erent recycling facility - this is known as a co-mingled collection.


In Newport, recycling is collected using the kerbside sort system. This method has been chosen as it reduces costs and is more environmentally friendly.

Collecting materials using the kerbside sorting method reduces costs in a number of ways. The boxes used by residents are much cheaper to buy than wheelie bins or the one-use plastic bags, and the vehicles that collect the recycling are cheaper to operate than the larger bin lorries.

A recent survey conducted on behalf of Fly-tipping Action Wales has found people across South East Wales are the most concerned by the sight of illegally dumped waste.

Six out of ten people surveyed from the region agreed that fl y-tipping was embarrassing, the highest of any region in Wales, while seven in ten people saw fl y-tipping as an eyesore.

The survey shows the work done by local authorities in the area to build awareness around the issues of fl y-tipping, as Councillor Deb Davies, Cabinet Member for Streetscene and City Services at Newport City Council, explains: “ We take great pride in our communities and over the last year have delivered

If all materials were collected in one container (co-mingled) they would have to be sent off site to be sorted which would cost the council an extra £150,000 to £330,000 per year.

Of the recycled materials collected from Newport residents, 99.97 per cent is sold to UK companies to be converted into energy or other products. This practice generates up to £1 million every year which helps pay wages and reduces the cost of running the service by Newport City Council.

If recyclable items were collected all in one container the income generated by the kerbside sorting method would be lost. If waste which could be recycled was sent to landfi ll instead it would cost £80 – £125 per tonne,

a number of initiatives on the ground to clear up fl y-tipping and highlight the negative eff ects it is having on the local economy, tourism and the environment.

“ We have worked tirelessly with community groups, local businesses, schools and partners in raising awareness of the impact and cost of illegal waste depositing.

“ Our offi cers also rely on our residents to let us know of incidents which we will investigate and where necessary take legal action against proven off enders.”

Gary Evans, programme manager at Fly-tipping Action Wales, added: “ We work with over 50 partners, including the 22 local authorities across Wales to reduce the number of cases of fl y-tipping.

“ Local authorities play an important part in the prevention and clearance of fl y-tipping. Newport City Council has done a fantastic job educating the community on fl y-tipping and we look forward to seeing this work continue in the future.

“ We all have a duty of care to ensure the waste from our homes is dealt with responsibly and legally and a failure to do so can result in serious fi nes.

“ If you require further information and advice on how to get rid of your unwanted waste please visit our website, www.fl

To report incidents of fl y-tipping or to report fl y-tipped waste contact Newport City Council on 01633656656 or

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The awards celebrate the success of the QSA’s standout apprentices from over the past year.

More than 200 guests attended the event including winners and their guests, partners and providers from the QSA, along with representatives from government, education and the business community of Wales and beyond, who gathered together to celebrate all the achievements of the apprentices.

Councillor Deb Davies, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and City Services was also invited to attend the awards ceremony.

Councillor Davies said: “ Many congratulations to Sam! Hugely deserved and certainly refl ects how hard he works for Newport City Council. It was an honour to attend the event.”

which would cost the council at least £1.4 – £1.8 million per year.

For more information on where your recycling goes you can visit

To fi nd out more about recycling in Newport - what goes in each box and your collection days visit


Over the past couple of years residents have been given slimmer wheelie bins for their rubbish in order to increase recycling across the city.

There are still a number of households who are yet to receive the smaller180l bins and these will be delivered from the week beginning Monday 22 March 2016.

Residents will not need to do anything, the bin crews will simply change any household’s 240l bins for the 180l size once the old bin has been emptied.

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