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THIS week sees the start of the first waste collection changes with the new purple bags for absorbent products.

The fortnightly collection of nappies and other absorbent hygiene products (AHP) started on Monday (September 2) for the nearly 2,000 households that have registered for the scheme.

It is part of Pembrokeshire County Council’s new regime to recycle the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Households eligible to use the service are those with children in nappies or individuals who use incontinence products and there is still time to register.

Other products suitable for this collection include wipes and paper tissues, bed and chair pads, plastic gloves, disposable aprons and colostomy/stoma bags.

Cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Cris Tomas, has previously explained why the authority are introducing the new AHP collections.

“If we are to reach the Welsh Government’s challenging recycling targets, Pembrokeshire needs to recycle even more,” Cllr Tomas explained.

“That’s not just easy-to-recycle items such as glass bottles, drinks cans, paper and card, but more difficult-to-recycle things such as nappies and incontinence waste.

“It will also free up more space in the residual (non-recyclable) bags when we move to three-weekly black bag collections in the autumn.”

The introduction of a kerbside sort recycling collection service, which will see an increase in the range of recycling collected at the kerbside, will begin on November 4.

This includes plastic pots, tubs and trays, food and beverage cartons and household batteries, in line with those that can now be disposed of at the waste and recycling centres.

For more information on the Absorbent Hygiene Products collection scheme, including how to register, visit pembrokeshire.gov.uk/absorbent-hygiene-products or phone 01437 764551.


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