Denbighshire County Council and North Wales police are teaming up to provide a chance for residents to dispose of knives through a controlled amnesty in the county.
The Operation Sceptre knife amnesty will allow people to dispose of any knives or cutlery in completely safely manner in special bins at three of the Council’s recycling parks; at Rhyl, Denbigh and Ruthin during the initiative, which runs from 17-23 July. They will be recycled and, due to the fact they are kept separate from other wastes, can be handled with due caution.
Inspector Julie Sheard from the North Wales Police Community Safety Department said, “Our focus will be on targeting those who habitually carry and use knives, tackling the supply and access to weapons, engagement with the public to increase awareness of the consequences of carrying knives and providing opportunities to surrender weapons. We take a robust approach to anyone found to be illegally in possession of a knife or bladed article on the streets and I would encourage you to take this opportunity to rid yourselves of any illegal weapons. Please ensure any sharp ends are securely wrapped in a protective material.”
Councillor Brian Jones, Denbighshire’s Cabinet Lead Member with responsibility for Recycling, said: “Knives, even if everyday cutlery or kitchen utensils, are things that a lot of residents tend to hoard simply because they don’t know how they should dispose of them.
“Part of the sorting of Denbighshire’s recycling is carried out manually therefore we would never recommend the use of recycling services to dispose of hazardous items such as this. Providing special bins as part of Operation Sceptre allows people to hand in their knives without fear.
“By working together with the police, we are providing a great opportunity for people to dispose of their knives in a safe, controlled manner
Once the amnesty is over, people can still take ‘low risk’ knives (cutlery) to the recycling parks, but should make attendants aware they are disposing of knives. Other knives can be taken to a police station for disposal.
Posted on Friday 14th July 2017