Amnesty bids to cut down on fly-tipping

South Wales Guardian: Amnesty bids to cut down on fly-tipping Amnesty bids to cut down on fly-tipping

RESIDENTS in the Amman Valley are being urged to have a good clear-out and take advantage of a waste and tyre amnesty being held in Ammanford.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s waste and recycling section has teamed up with Tidy Towns to reduce fly-tipping and encourage people to recycle.

The amnesty is being held in Ammanford’s Tesco car park on Tuesday, February 12, between 8am and 2pm.

Most household waste can be taken along including unwanted furniture, carpets and mattresses, electrical items such as fridge-freezers and televisions, garden waste and tyres (maximum 10 tyres per household).

However, paint, garden chemicals, car batteries, gas bottles, asbestos, construction and trade waste will not be accepted.

Cllr Colin Evans, executive board member for Street Scene, said: “Bulky waste such as furniture, wood and cardboard left lying in and around homes is not only a fire hazard but can result in fly-tipping.

“Much of our waste can also be reused or recycled, from carpets and mattresses to small electrical items and furniture.”

Illegally-dumped tyres are a big problem, not just in Carmarthenshire but across the UK as tyre companies attach a charge to any tyres disposed of at their business.

Cllr Evans added: “We hope the amnesty will encourage people to do the right thing and dispose of their rubbish in a responsible manner.”

Tidy Towns is a Welsh Government-funded initiative delivered in partnership by Carmarthenshire County Council and Keep Wales Tidy.

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