Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of MRW, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Black bin charges could soon hit Wales

People living in Wales could soon be hit with a council charge for collecting black bin rubbish from their homes.

The move is being considered by the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) as part of a 20 year environment strategy to reduce waste and encourage recycling.

While a decision is not expected to be reached for two years, the proposed move is aimed at raising the country’s household waste recycling and composting figures from 20% to 46% by 2010.

A WAG spokesman said: “The exercise will consider all the possible implications, including whether the charge would encourage a reduction in waste production and an increase in recycling and composting, if it would have a knock on impact on fly tipping, and the costs.

“There will also be a very strong focus on ensuring disabled people, for example, are not discriminated against if they have difficulty separating their waste.”

The assembly government also has the aim of putting no additional household waste into landfill sites by 2026.

The WAG Environment Strategy Action Plan reads: “We will scope the introduction of charging for residual waste collection. Subject to the findings of the scoping work, we will consult prior to seeking powers to introduce charging under the new Government of Wales bill.”

While politicians welcomed the proposals, the belief was that local authorities must provide a top of the range service before they can start charging for black bin collections.

Conservative mid and west Wales AM Lisa Francis said: “I would like to see a kerbside service offered where a recycling lorry follows a refuse collection lorry. This is the service they provide in Australia and this encourages people to make more effort to recycle.”

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.