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KEEP RECYCLING. KEEP RECYCLING. KEEP RECYCLING!


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Changes introduced to the city’s recycling service operated by Wastesavers on behalf of Newport City Council will eventually save the council around £224,000 a year.


Replacing the plastic bags with a heavy duty red bag for plastic and cans will save the council around £34,000 a year.


Wastesavers is also taking over cardboard collections, and making them weekly, and this will create a saving of around £190,000 a year.


Although some people have questioned why we changed, the way in which Newport residents recycle their waste, including the various receptacles used, is one of the most cost eff ective and effi cient systems in place.


Across Wales and the rest of the UK there are two main ways of collecting household recycling; one is where residents put all recyclable items in one container which is then sorted at a diff erent recycling facility. This is known as a co-mingled collection.


The other method, used in Newport, is where residents put recyclable items in a variety of containers and it is sorted on the kerbside – this is known as a kerbside sort. This method was chosen as it reduces costs and is more environmentally friendly.


Councillor Ray Truman, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Sustainability and Transport said: “We hope residents appreciate these changes. Recycling is so important for the environment and reduces the amount


of rubbish going to landfi ll. I would urge everyone to do their bit.”


The Newport recycling system is quite simple and logical to use:


• Red bag – this is weighted down to stop your plastics, cans, foil and aerosols from blowing way


• Green box – this sturdy box collects your cardboard, food and drink cartons (tetra paks) and glass. And don’t worry about the rain; we can still collect and recycle your


wet cardboard – and we will do this every single week


• Blue box – the place for your paper, small broken electrical items and clean textiles


• Food caddy – just for your food waste, peelings and tea bags – no wrappers or packaging please


If people need help with recycling they can contact the council or Wastesavers for advice. To fi nd out more visit www. newport.gov.uk/recycling


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NOVEMBER 2016. Edition 7 ....................................................................................................................


DON’T BE FOOLED BY FAKES THIS CHRISTMAS


With Christmas approaching, criminals selling fake goods will be trying to rip off as many customers as possible.


While it is tempting to buy the latest must-have items at “bargain” prices, those cheap gifts may have hidden dangers and frightening consequences.


For instance, counterfeit make-up can contain lead, copper, mercury, arsenic or cadmium and can cause swelling, rashes and poisoning.


Fake alcohol can contain methanol, antifreeze and fuel, causing nausea, stomach pains, kidney or liver problems, coma or even death.


Unoffi cial children’s merchandise such as toys and dressing-up clothes could pose numerous hazards with small loose parts, long cords and materials that are toxic or don’t meet fi re standards.


Poor quality and missing components in fake electrical goods and chargers can lead to electric shocks, fi res and explosions.


Criminals use the internet, social media, shops and even visit clubs and pubs selling their fake goods.


Report counterfeiters to Trading Standards trading.standards@ newportgov.uk or call 656656.


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