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Cardiff collection plans diverge from WAG preferences

Cardiff Council recommends introducing a new waste collection system for householders, which diverges from the Welsh Assembly Government’s guidelines on the preferred method for collecting.

Featured in the council’s Municipal Waste Strategy 2011-2016, the new collections will include a weekly collection of dry recyclables and food waste and a fortnightly collection of green waste, and residual waste. According to the council this is the best way to maximise recycling in this area. If adopted the proposals should contribute a minimum 8% increase in recycling and composting targets.

WAG prefers a kerbside sort method for dry recycling. However, Cardiff Council found that if it was to follow WAG’s guidelines it would need to switch to different collection vehicles, time consuming collections would result in collections per day dropping from 1,860 to 650 for each crew, and the number of collection routes would increase from 104 to 232, resulting in the need for 12 extra collection vehicles.

The document states: “Compared with the preferred option the result in terms of indicative operating costs is a comparative revenue cost differential of £2.6m per annum plus a capital investment differential of nearly £2.3m would also be required for boxes and vehicles.”

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