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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 January 2007, 07:14 GMT
Challenges of rubbish mountains
Green bin
Householders in Dwyfor are now charged for excessive rubbish
Coping with mountains of Christmas rubbish is going to be a "challenge" say residents in Dwyfor, Gwynedd, who have had just a few weeks to get used to new household waste targets.

Since November they are allowed only one wheelie bin full - or three black bin bags - of rubbish per home.

New doorstep collection rules are being rolled out across Gwynedd before the main waste tip at Cilgwyn near Caernarfon closes in 2008.

Conwy 9.83%
Gwynedd 12.70%
Isle of Anglesey 11.33%
Source - Welsh Assembly Government 2005-6

Councillor Steve Churchman from Garndolbenmaen said: "I'm hoping the council will be a little bit more lenient over the holidays, but if need be I'm quite lucky that I have enough room to store any extra waste to put out at a later date."

Before the introduction of the new rule councillor Churchman said he was worried it might result in more fly-tipping.

But he said that the council had started doorstep collections of plastic in the area at the same time, which had dramatically reduced the waste being put out each week.

Gwynedd councillors voted in favour in June of developing a composting facility on the site of an old tip at Clynnog Fawr between Pwllheli and Caernarfon, despite vociferous protest by local residents.

Conwy 14.05%
Gwynedd 11.30%
Isle of Anglesey 8.47%
Source - Welsh Assembly Government 2005-6

Local councillor Swain Williams said after the decision: "The fear is that building a compost unit will open the door to future land filling in the area."

A Gwynedd council spokesman said: "If we are to meet the 40% target set for 2009/10 we need to encourage even more of our residents to make the best possible use of all recycling facilities in their area."

On Anglesey, people fear a development of a composting plant could lead to an incinerator or facility to generate power from gas created by a landfill site, although the council said it had no further plans at present.

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