Waste and tyre amnesty in Llandovery

Householders in Llandovery and the surrounding areas are being urged to have a clear out.

A waste and tyre amnesty is being held at the Llandovery mart site on Thursday, April 27.

Most household waste can be taken along including, unwanted furniture, carpets and mattresses, electrical items such as fridge-freezers and televisions, as well as black and blue bags. Garden waste will also be accepted at the Llandovery amnesties only.

A maximum of four tyres can also be disposed of; however, tractor or lorry tyres will not be accepted.

Hazardous waste such as paint, fluorescent tubes, batteries, chemicals, gas bottles and asbestos will not be accepted along with glass, trade waste, construction waste and agricultural waste.

Compost bins will also be on sale for £12.

Residents are advised to please to separate their waste and to bring proof of address.

Eight waste and tyres amnesties are being held throughout the year in Llandovery, Llanybydder, Newcastle Emlyn and Pencader.

These areas have been chosen to help people who do not live near a household waste recycling centre to dispose of their waste.

If residents are unable to make April 27, another amnesty will be held at the Llandovery mart site on Thursday, May 18.

Further amnesties are also taking place at / on:

  • Llanybydder car park – Thursday, June 15
  • Newcastle Emlyn mart car park – Thursday, July 27
  • Ysgol Cae’r Felin, Pencader – Thursday, August 17 
  • Ysgol Cae’r Felin, Pencader – Thursday, November 2
  • Llanybydder car park – Thursday, January 18 (2018)
  • Newcastle Emlyn mart car park – Thursday, February 22 (2018)

All amnesties are held between 8am and 1pm.


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Schoolchildren to test their entrepreneurial skills

Carmarthenshire Markets are offering primary schoolchildren across the county a chance to showcase their entrepreneurial skills in a business challenge.

Eight schools – four from Carmarthen and Ammanford areas and four from Llanelli – will be selected to take part and compete against each other in the Carmarthenshire Young Traders competition.

The annual competition involves setting up a business and turning it into a profitable enterprise. Teams of up to five, Year 6 pupils, will be given £100 to develop a business idea. The children must plan, purchase material/products (receipts of purchases made must be shown on the day), brand it and run it themselves on a stall in the outside market for a day.

Four schools will trade against each other in pitches in Carmarthen Outdoor Market on Wednesday, June 28 and four in Llanelli Outdoor Market on Thursday, July 6 from 10am-2pm. The winning team from each area will be the school which has made the most profit at the end of the day and any money made goes towards their school.

The aim of the competition is for pupils to experience setting up their own business and taking part in a trade-off.

Over the course of the challenge, pupils can improve their employability skills, gain a greater understanding of the world of work and make a positive contribution to the community they live in. Only one team per school and will be chosen on a first come, first served basis.

Carmarthenshire Council’s county markets manager, Amanda Davies said: “This competition is an excellent opportunity for children to gain first-hand experience of what’s it’s like to set up and run their own business, as well as making money for their school. We appreciate the financial support from local businesses who are sponsoring the competition.”



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May Bank Holiday bin collections

Residents are being reminded that there are changes to bin collections over the May Bank Holiday.

From Monday, May 1 until Friday, May 5 collections will take place one day later than usual. Friday collections will be made on the Saturday.

These changes also affect garden waste and trade waste customers.

The recycling centres in Trostre (Llanelli), Wernddu (Ammanford), Nantycaws (Carmarthen) and Whitland are all open as usual on the Bank Holiday Monday.



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County Walks across Carmarthenshire upgraded

County Walks across Carmarthenshire have benefitted from an upgrade thanks to the Rights of Way Improvement Plan Funding Programme from the Welsh Government.

The programme is managed by Natural Resources Wales and implemented by Carmarthenshire County Council.

Nearly 43km of 44 routes across the county, covering 23 town and community council areas have been improved, and 146 items of furniture installed, 97 per cent of which were new gates to help improve access to the countryside.

County recreation and access manager Alan Warner said: “An example of the improvements carried out under ROWIP is in Brechfa, where 10 stiles have been replaced with self-closing pedestrian gates, new steps and signage installed to improve routes for local residents and visitors to the area.

“This formed part of the larger programme of rights of way improvements on footpaths and bridleways around the county including works on the Ferryside, Cenarth and Llandysul County Walks as well as routes in Cwmifor, Talley, St Clears and Manordeilo.”

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Digital technology will change your business!

A Digilab initiative is being launched in Carmarthen next week aimed at helping local businesses.

Carmarthenshire County Council is running the event which demonstrates new digital resources for businesses, in line with the Digital High Street 2020 Report’s findings.

It will be held at Yr Atom at 16-18 King St on April 27 from 8am-10am. Breakfast will be provided

The Digilab will feature:

  • Free digital and business development resources for business and the “Digital Health Check”.
  • Demonstration and hands on activity with new digital equipment and software.
  • Links to business support resources and networking opportunities.

The launch event will be facilitated by Carmarthenshire’s Digital Coordinator and Superfast Broadband Wales.

A series of Digilab events is being planned across Carmarthenshire over the next 12 months.

Book here

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