ORANGE bins for used coffee cups are to be introduced in Swansea.

Council chiefs are keen to boost “on-the-go” recycling in the city.

A new five-month initiative being launched on September 10 aims to do just that.

The launch centrepiece is a large wave sculpture made from recycled plastics, which will be on display in Castle Square and then Swansea University’s Singleton Campus and Quadrant Shopping Centre later in the month.

New recycling points will also be installed at offices, shopping centres, hospitals and transport hubs for cans, glass bottles, and plastic packaging.

The university, Keep Wales Tidy and the Environment Centre, Pier Street, are backing the campaign, which is being led by the council and a charity called Hubbub.

Household recycling rates in Swansea are just over 60% but many of us eat, drink and shop on the go – although reusable coffee cups are on the increase.

Cllr Mark Thomas, Swansea’ cabinet member for environment and infrastructure management, said: “Anything more that can be done to capture more waste for recycling and divert it away from landfill should be welcomed and taken advantage of.”

Hubbub said a similar initiative in Leeds had been a big success.

Director Gavin Ellis said: “Through our eye-catching bins to the businesses taking part in raising awareness among their employees and customers, we will give residents and visitors to Swansea a better opportunity to recycle while out and about.”

Asda and Starbucks are among the companies which are supporting the initiative.

Philip McDonnell, manager of the Environment Centre, said people in Swansea were keen to do the right thing. “We hope that residents and visitors alike will get involved,” he said.


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