What happens to your recycling

Page updated on: 13/07/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Visits to the recycling centre are by appointment only to dispose of any household waste. You can make a visit once a day - the slot must be made by 2.30pm the day before the required appointment.

Please place your bags out the evening before. Our collection times may vary and may be earlier than normal. We will be unable to undertake any missed bin collections at this time. Remember, please do not discard tissues in your blue recycling bags.

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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 material's 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 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. 

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.