What happens to your recycling

Page updated on: 10/10/2018

Here in Carmarthenshire your rubbish is collected in a split-bodied vehicle. This means the food waste is kept separate from the blue bags/black bags.

Food and garden waste is taken to a central composting facility at Nantycaws, Carmarthen, where it is turned into compost or soil conditioner and is available to buy at the recycling centres.

Blue bags are taken to the materials recovery facility, also in Nantycaws, to be sorted. The sorted materials are then taken to processing plants to be made into new products. Both facilities are run by CWM Environmental.

It’s easy to recycle and it really does make a difference. Recycling stops tonnes of rubbish being buried in landfill releasing harmful greenhouse gases. Your recycled material is a also a valuable resource. Once it has been collected from your doorstep, it's taken away to be sorted, bailed and then transported to reprocessors to be made into new products.

The Welsh Government has set statutory targets for recycling with a 70% target by 2025 and to be a zero waste (100% recycling) nation by 2050. Local authorities that fail to meet the targets could face large financial penalties. We are currently recycling approximately 60% in Carmarthenshire. 

The Landfill Allowances Scheme (LAS)  limits the amount of biodegradable municipal waste - such as paper, cardboard and kitchen scraps - that councils are allowed to send to landfill. If councils exceed these limits, it can lead to fines. Figures show Carmarthenshire has again reduced the amount of waste it is sending to landfill.

During 2014/15 the county sent 7,175 tonnes of biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) to landfill – that’s just 31% of its 23,151 tonnes allowance.