Swansea is to monitor how often people use the council’s recycling sites and improve security by installing CCTV.
From March this year, CCTV will enable an automatic number plate recognition system to monitor how often people visit the council’s five sites.
Swansea City Council has been awarded £152,978 as a part of the Welsh Government’s extended scheme to help local authorities try meet national targets.
A council spokesman said: “This will help assist us with identifying potential traders illegally using the recycling centres to dispose of their commercial waste at the expense of the public.”
“This will help assist us with identifying potential traders illegally using the recycling centres to dispose of their commercial waste at the expense of the public”
Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies, announced government the plans for extra investment and an extension to a programme.
The Welsh Government is providing £3.5m in funding for local authorities through their extended its Collaborative Change Programme. That amount will rise to £4m each year from 2014/15.
It is hoped the increase in funding will help meet targets of a 70 percent recycling rate in Wales by 2025 and zero waste by 2050.
Davies said: “These targets mean we are putting a clear focus on re-use, recycling and composting, as well as preventing waste in the first place.
“This funding will be used to invest in projects that improve recycling rates and the quality of material collected, as we move towards zero waste in Wales. I want to see councils sharing good ideas and good practice through the programme, so they can improve their performance and their efficiency,” he added.