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Ceredigion mulls four-weekly collections

Ceredigion County Council is to consult residents over proposed changes to its waste collection system, including a four-weekly collection service for residual waste.

The Welsh local authority approved a new waste strategy for 2014 to 2018 in February this year, and a fundamental part of that strategy was to “carry out a review of the waste management service, implementing changes to ensure that it is fit for purpose, sustainable and cost effective”.

As a result, a review of kerbside collections has been carried out by AMEC, who have been appointed by WRAP under the Welsh Government’s Collaborative Change Programme.

The options under consideration are:

  • Option 1: Weekly commingled dry recyclables, weekly food waste, fortnightly (charged) green waste and fortnightly residual waste
  • Option 2: Source segregated plastics and cans (weekly), source segregated paper (weekly) source segregated glass (weekly), food waste (weekly) green waste (fortnightly and charged) and fortnightly residual waste
  • Option 3: Commingled dry recyclables (weekly), source segregated glass (weekly), food waste (weekly), green waste (fortnightly and charged) and residual waste (fortnightly)
  • Option 4: Commingled dry recyclables (weekly), source segregated glass (fortnightly), food waste (weekly), green waste (fortnightly and charged) and residual waste (fortnightly)
  • Option 5: Commingled plastic and cans (weekly), source segregated paper (weekly) glass (fortnightly), food waste (weekly), green waste (fortnightly and charged) and residual waste (fortnightly)
  • Option 6: Commingled dry recyclables (weekly), food waste (weekly) residual waste (four-weekly) and nappies (fortnightly)
  • Option 7: Source segregated plastics and metals (weekly), source segregated paper (weekly), source segregated glass (weekly), food waste (weekly and with dedicated vehicle),  green waste (fortnightly and charged) and residual waste (fortnightly).

The analysis will consider the technical aspects of each option, as well as the cost.

A council spokesman told MRW: “No decision has yet been made about the future of the waste collection service in Ceredigion. Monthly residual collections is just one of seven options being considered. Residents’ views are being sought and will be taken into account before any decision is made.”

Ceredigion’s recycling rate dropped from 58.4% in 2012 to 53.6% in 2013.

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