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HELP STAMP OUT GRASS FIRES


South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is keen to involve local people, especially children, in preventing deliberate grass fi res.


Just before and during the Easter holiday period, there has traditionally been a rise in the number of fi res across Wales stretching fi re crews to breaking point.


Huw Jakeway, Chief Fire Offi cer, said: “ Deliberately set grass fi res are extremely unpredictable and can spiral out of control within minutes.


“ Every time our fi refi ghters are called out to a deliberately set grass or mountain fi re, not only does


GARDEN WASTE COLLECTIONS TO SPRING BACK


From Monday 14 March, Newport City Council will restart collecting garden waste. Residents are reminded to put garden waste bins out by 7am on their scheduled collection day, which is on the same week as the bag for cardboard.


The garden waste bin should only be used for garden waste including grass cuttings, leaves, shrub and hedge clippings, twigs, plants and fl owers.


Garden waste bins which are contaminated by litter or other wastes cannot be emptied.


Did you know that your garden waste can also be used for compost? Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden; it is easy to make and use. Compost improves your soil’s condition and your plants and fl owers will love it!


it cost the taxpayer thousands of pounds, negatively impacts on the environment, wildlife and carbon footprint and puts fi refi ghters at needless risk, but it also means that fi refi ghters could be diverted from attending a real emergency.”


As part of this year’s campaign, Bernie’s Roadshow will be visiting some schools in south Wales.


However, youngsters can also become a grassroots


ambassador and sign a pledge.


They can also follow Bernie on Twitter or Facebook. twitter.com/BernieSWFRS www.facebook.com/Bernieswfrs


Visit www.bernie.uk.com


Further information including collection dates and advice can be found on the council’s website newport.gov.uk/recycling


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