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McDonald’s could put car number plates on bags in litter crackdown

Printing vehicle registration numbers on food packaging from fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s is one measure being considered by at least one Welsh council. Swansea Council’s Head of Waste, Parks and Disinfection thinks the idea is worthwhile, but concedes the proposal has flaws too.

“The Welsh government has explored with McDonald’s, or its franchises, whether they could print the number plates of cars that collect fast food out of their way with a view that would discourage people from discarding their material ( Garbage) “.

Mr. Howell said there was an issue about which fast-food companies would “start” with such an initiative. He said, “If McDonald’s did that, people would just go to Burger King instead of McDonald’s, because no one wants their own details printed on that packaging.” He added: “I think it’s a really good idea, but at the moment it is fraught with some difficulties.”

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Plaid Cymru launched a petition two years ago, calling for fast food companies to print number plates on the car through packaging after littering increased as people headed to the outlets after the first coronavirus shutdown. The Welsh Government has said littering is unacceptable and is working on a new prevention scheme with businesses and councils, WalesOnline reports.

Meanwhile, Mr Hoyle said Swansea is expected to recycle 70% of the waste from homeowners and the 1,500 business customers the council collects from this financial year, which would hit the Welsh-wide target two years ahead of schedule if achieved. A decade ago the figure was just under 48%.

Mr Howell said the efforts of Swansea homeowners and businesses have been “remarkable”. However, the recycling rate for commercial customers is just under 58%, which lowers the overall recycling rate.

A report before the committee said recycling targets could be met without changing the current batch of black trash bags every two weeks, but that could change if more stringent targets were introduced. In Carmarthenshire, black garbage bags will be collected every three weeks from next January.

In response to questions from council members, Mr Hoyle said Swansea Council had always been looking to increase the type of material it collected from the quay, but the technology and markets to deal with this material needed to be in place. Soft, flexible plastics and potential textiles were, he said, “priority” materials for the board to consider acquiring. He said supermarkets were keen for councils to offer curbside service for soft plastics, but that the market for processing them was “pretty much in its infancy”.

Swansea Council’s waste service costs just over £19m a year, but recovers nearly £7m through income from commercial contracts and the sale of recyclables. Mr. Howell said the authority’s fleet of garbage trucks will soon need to be replenished, and the next fleet with three compartments instead of two to accommodate an additional type of waste material will be considered.

He said that some garbage cars in Wales have multiple compartments, and that there are pros and cons to that. “The system (that we have) is working fine for us – I don’t want to fix what isn’t broken, but it’s clear that times keep moving forward,” he said.

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