Waste and tyre amnesty
3:49pm Monday 25th February 2013 in News
A TOTAL of 516 tyres were taken along to an amnesty in Newcastle Emlyn to be recycled.
Residents also took the opportunity to get rid of other household waste including items of furniture, carpets and mattresses, various electrical items such as TVs and fridge-freezers and even an old exercise bike.
The waste and tyre amnesty was held in the mart car park and was organised by the council’s waste and recycling section in partnership with Tidy Towns.
Bryn Iwan resident Nicky Rush took along a number of items that no longer worked including a microwave and an old vacuum cleaner.
She said: “I think it is absolutely brilliant that this has come to Newcastle Emlyn; it is only 10 minutes down the road for me and saves me a trip to Carmarthen.”
The aim of the amnesty was to encourage people to dispose of their waste responsibly, reduce fly-tipping and increase recycling.
Officers were on hand to offer information and advice to residents on various waste and recycling issues.
Executive Board Member for Street Scene Cllr Colin Evans said: “The amnesty in Newcastle Emlyn was a huge success with six lorry loads of waste taken away as well as all the tyres. Nearly all of the waste brought along can be recycled which means it won’t end up in landfill.
“Hopefully the amnesty has encouraged people to do the right thing and dispose of their waste responsibly as well as raise awareness of why it is so important that we recycle as much possible.”