Cardiff among the worst recyclers in Wales

Welsh Government figures show only 57% of rubbish in Cardiff is recycled, that’s 5% less than the national average.

Recycling is on the increase in Cardiff, but it’s lagging behind some other Welsh counties. In Ceredigion they recycle 70% of their waste and Cardiff City Council wants the capital to match this amount by 2020.

The Council has launched a new campaign “Recycle Responsibly” to help people understand what can and can’t be recycled .

It says some people are confused about what should go in their bins with items such as food, shredded paper  and even dead animals being thrown into green recycling bins.

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Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Bob Derbyshire, says “One of the things you notice with campaigns is people do things, but then slip back into old habits.

“We need people to consistently recycle or there will be a negative impact on the environment.

“If people think that it might be recyclable and it’s a dry item then they should put it in their recycling bags because we can always separate it later.

“The biggest problems come from wet items, shredded paper, and plastic bags being put in green bins. These contaminate other rubbish, maker it harder to recycle.”

The campaign is on going.

Mental illness affects nearly 8,000 NHS workers in Wales

Mental illness is the biggest reason for staff missing work in the NHS in Wales.

That’s according to a freedom of information request by the Welsh Conservatives.

According to the figures obtained from the seven NHS Boards in Wales staff,  staff at Cardiff and the Vale have missed the highest number of working days in Wales as a result of mental health issues.

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The Shadow Health Minister, Angela Burns AM, says, “To our horror, we found it was mental health reasons that were coming out top as the reason why people were taking long and short term absences from work. The work is very tiring, very taxing, and very physically demanding. There’s a huge amount of pressure. The results point to a lack of support to help staff through these crises.”

Cardiff and Vale Action for Mental Health says mental health problems affect one in four adults in the UK. It says mental illness can affect people in any career.

A Welsh Government spokesperson says, “NHS Wales is taking action to support staff and reduce sickness rates. This includes promoting the health and well-being of staff and providing staff with practical support to remain in work, or to return to work following an illness.”