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15 News Councils cooperate on glass collection CEREDIGION COUNTY

COUNCIL (CCC) is reviewing the way it collects waste and recycling from the kerbside, with one of the options considered being a kerbside collection of glass. In order to fully consider the options,

a glass collection trial is necessary so that they can collect robust data. The glass trial will be carried

out on the Penparc and North Cardigan collection route where the waste is collected on a Friday. This particular collection route has been specifically chosen as a monitoring area since November 2014 as it is fairly representative of the situation across Ceredigion. In order to provide the trial as cost

effectively as possible, CCC is working with colleagues in Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC), who have kindly offered to help. The boxes, collection vehicle and driver will be provided by PCC. However, most of the crew

working on the vehicle are CCC staff members. As the trial area is located near the border with Pembrokeshire, it is an ideal area to trial the service and to collaborate with the neighbouring authority. By conducting a glass trial in this

area, it will help give CCC a clearer picture on what would happen within Ceredigion as a whole if they were able to roll the service out county-wide. The trial will be conducted for an initial period of six months. A Cardigan resident commented: “It

is an excellent idea, I genuinely hope it’s a success and I look forward to having empty shelves where my old glass is collecting dust whilst I keep forgetting to take it to the recycling bank.” Councillor Alun Williams, Cabinet

Member for Transport, Waste and Carbon Management, said: “We are looking forward to trialling a regular kerbside collection of glass in the north Cardigan area. If the trial is successful, as I very much hope it will be, we can then consider expanding this service across the whole county.” He adds: “Glass is a material that

is a 100% recyclable and yet our data suggests that it is one of the recyclable materials most commonly still put in black residual waste bags. There is clearly an opportunity to improve our recycling performance further, by making it easier for households to recycle their bottles. I’m optimistic that residents and the council can work together to achieve this.”

Glass collection: Ceredigion County Council is reviewing the way it collects recyclables and waste

Left to right: Beverley Hodgett, Waste Strategy Manager CCC, Jonathan Merrett, Municipal Superintendent CCC, Michael McQuillan, Waste Collection Crew PCC, Scott Reeve, Waste Collection Crew CCC, Wyn Davies, Waste Collection Crew CCC, Andy Sear, Waste Collection Crew PCC, Peter Harts, Waste Operations Manager CCC, Councillor Alun Williams and Councillor John Adams Lewis

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