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Welsh council considers monthly residual collections

Bridgend County Borough Council could move to four-weekly black bin collections in order to avoid being fined by the Welsh Government for missing recycling targets.

Welsh authorities have been given a 64% recycling target by 2019-20, rising to 70% by 2024-25. Bridgend said it could be issued with a £100,000 penalty if it misses the 64% target by just one per cent.

Bridgend’s current recycling rate stands at 57.1%, and its waste collection contract with Kier - which includes fortnightly residual and weekly commingled collections - is due to expire on 31 March 2017.

Residents have been asked for their view on a series of measures, including restricting the number of black bag waste allowed by fortnightly or three-weekly collections, and allowing unlimited black bags in a four-weekly collection.

Hywel Williams, Bridgend’s cabinet member for communities, said the current kerbside collection scheme “will not be enough” to meet targets.

“Many local authorities in Wales have already made changes to their recycling and refuse collections in preparation for this as areas that do not meet the new targets will be subject to severe financial penalties.

“The more we miss the target by, the more we will have to pay, so the only way in which we are going to be able to avoid huge fines is by changing the way in which we collect refuse, increasing how much we recycle and cutting back on the amount of waste that is sent to landfill.

According to WRAP, currently all 22 Welsh local authorities conduct fortnightly residual collections, with four councils continuing with weekly for some properties.

But increasingly tough targets in Wales have led to some councils, including Torfaen and Ceredigion councils proposing four-weekly collections along with a range of other measures.

Other councils have opted for introducing smaller bins in a bid to push residents into recycling more.


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