A ’blueprint’ for preferred household waste collection methods is one of a number of actions recommended by the Welsh Assembly Government in its newly published municipal sector plan part one.
The first part of the plan covers waste collected by Welsh local authorities only and sets out a number of actions for authorities and the Welsh Assembly in order to achieve the overarching strategy and the 70% by 2025 recycling target outlined in Wales’ Towards Zero Waste document. The actions are arranged around four key areas: waste prevention, preparing for reuse, recycling collection service delivery improvements; and sustainable treatment and disposal.
The accompanying Collections Blueprint for Affordable and Sustainable Local Authority Collection Services for Recyclable, Compostable and Residual Waste outlines the recommended waste collection method for local authorities, which includes:
- 140-litre wheeled bins
- Fortnightly residual waste collections, weekly food waste collections and weekly kerbside sorting
- Charging for green waste collections
- The use of eight-tonne “modern light weight, multi-compartment vehicles” with a four-tonne payload for collections of dry recyclables and food waste in a single pass, which would “ideally use renewable fuel”
- Less than 30% of local authority waste to be residual and sent to an energy-from-waste facility.
According to a Q&A in the blueprint document: “A more consistent approach across Wales has many benefits, especially financial, but also reducing the level of confusion that currently exists.”
Other actions introduced in the municipal sector plan include:
- Proposals to monitor consumer attitudes to waste prevention activities and measuring the extent of re-use in Wales
- Exploring with WRAP how to increase levels of product leasing
- Investigating the desirability and practicality of creating an accredited re-use and repair network.
Welsh environment minister Jane Davidson said: “We cannot afford to waste money on recycling systems which cost too much or which provide poor quality end products that we cannot use. We must ensure that we keep as much of these end product here in Wales, and not send it abroad because it isof insufficient quality for us to process here.
“I want Wales to be a world leader in resource management, and I want Welsh councils, businesses and workers to benefit from being a high recycling society. Our plans are based on evidence, not ideology. They combine legislation – in the form of statutory targets – with an expectation that councils will work closely with the Assembly Government to develop the most sustainable and cost-effective recycling services.”
Part two of the municipal sector plan will address household hazardous wastes, and will be published for consultation later in 2011.