EU awards more than £8M in funding to South West Wales Materials Efficiency project to improve recycling rates in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire counties

NORTHAMPTON, England , February 7, 2012 (press release) – Over £8m will be invested in new services to reduce and recycle waste across two counties in South West Wales, thanks to an EU funding boost, Deputy Minister for European Programmes, Alun Davies, has announced

The South West Wales Materials Efficiency project, led by Pembrokeshire County Council in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Council, will introduce a range of schemes to promote a more attractive and clean environment for local communities.

Backed with almost £5m from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, the project will reduce, recycle or reuse thousands of tonnes of waste. The aim is to reduce levels of waste deposited in landfill, creating up to 13 jobs through the increased activities.

Deputy Minister for European programmes, Alun Davies, said: "Promoting resource efficiency by re-using and recycling will help minimise the production and landfill of waste, creating huge benefits for the environment, economy and our well-being. Through our successful management of EU resources I am delighted that we have been able to invest in this project which will not only reduce our ecological footprint, but also help to create jobs and support sustainable development."

Amongst the schemes that will get underway in Pembrokeshire will be a kerbside glass collection service, a new civic amenity-recycling site in the south east of the county and a re-use centre where bulky household items, such as furniture, can be collected and reprocessed.

The service will be staffed by volunteers, including individuals with disabilities and those who are considered to be socially excluded.

Litter recycling bins will be situated at the county's 13 Blue Flag beaches. Street litter will also be tackled with recycling bins placed in significant visitor attractions in conservation areas and community-based 'Recycling and Resource Advisors will be employed to raise awareness of services available to residents.

A Community Champion will also be employed to provide advice and support to residents on waste and recycling issues and hopefully increase participation in the green bin/blue bag scheme.

Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council Cllr Meryl Gravell said: "We are delighted that this funding has been secured. It will be used to improve recycling facilities within our communities and to fund a community champion who will be able to advise householders on their kerbside recycling scheme and address any issues they may have. We want to make it as easy as possible for our residents to recycle. It is vital we reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill and increase our recycling rates. This project will help us to achieve our vision of a 'greener' Carmarthenshire."

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