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Residents' quandary over rubbish
Hafod quarry protest
Protesters at the Hafod quarry site lost their battle
As people living in north-east Wales are encouraged to recycle more, some are also faced with the quandary of where rubbish ends up.

Wrexham residents were told last November that a Merseyside firm would be allowed to continue dumping waste at the controversial Hafod quarry.

Meanwhile there are fears in Flintshire about proposals for a landfill site near Ewloe.

The scheme at Parry's Quarry would process domestic and commercial waste.

At the same time, the councils of north-east Wales have stepped up their recycling efforts and all of them say they have either exceeded or are on course to meet the Welsh Assembly Government's (WAG) target of recycling 25% of waste in 2006-7.

Flintshire 16.60%
Denbighshire 15.50%
Wrexham 10.34%
Source: Welsh Assembly Government 2005-6

According to official figures for 2005-6, the three councils still had some way to go to achieve that target - but various initiatives in each area have made them confident of improvement when the next WAG league table is published.

Denbighshire council has had one of its officials going through people's rubbish to tell them "where they're going wrong".

A spokesperson said: "Two years ago, Denbighshire was near the bottom of the [recycling] table. This improvement is largely due to a major publicity campaign and trying to raise awareness."

Denbighshire - 27.7%
Flintshire - 26.92%
Wrexham - 32%

Meanwhile, Flintshire Council said its kerbside recycling scheme for cans, glass, plastic, newspapers and magazines now covered 96% of all households and it had expanded its collections of garden waste.

And Wrexham Council's lead member of waste, Councillor Mark Pritchard, put its improvement in recycling down to the commitment by households taking part in its Recycle with Michael kerbside collection scheme.

However, the council's green waste collections have stopped for six weeks including Christmas and New Year, starting again at the end of January.

But as Twelfth Night approaches - the traditional date for removing all festive decorations - Mr Pritchard urged people who had opted for a real Christmas tree to take it to a household waste recycling centre.

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