Important changes to household recycling this summer
From 5 June 2017, households in Bridgend County Borough will see the introduction of a new improved kerbside recycling collection service. This will enable us to meet new recycling targets that have been set by Welsh Government.
The target for 2015-16 was 58 per cent, but by 2020 it will be 64 per cent, and then 70 per cent by 2025. A target has also been set for zero landfill waste to be generated by 2050.
Changes to household recycling will include the following:
New recycling containers
A new orange sack will be used for recycling cardboard, and a new white sack for paper. Residents will also receive a new black caddy for recycling glass. These new containers will replace the two black boxes, which will no longer be used.
The containers used for recycling food waste will stay the same – one small brown caddy (with compostable green bags) for inside the home, and one large brown caddy which is collected from the kerbside. The blue sack for storing plastic and metals will also remain the same. There is no limit on how much recycling each household can put out, and you can receive additional sacks and boxes on request.
Residents who live in flats will continue to use their communal recycling arrangements.
New two-bag limit for waste
Homes with up to five residents will be restricted to throwing out a maximum of two waste bags per fortnight. Black bags will no longer be used, as all residents will be given a supply of specially coloured and branded bags for disposing their waste.
Properties with six or seven residents will be able to apply for one additional waste bag each fortnight, while homes containing eight or more people will be able to apply for two extra waste bags per fortnight.
One additional bag will also be provided for homes where ash-producing coal fires provide the primary source of heat, while eligible householders will continue to receive an assisted collection service.
It will be possible to apply for extra waste bags by calling 01656 643643 or emailing email@example.com from Tuesday 2 May onwards.
New collection service for nappies and absorbent waste
Homes that produce nappies or other absorbent waste products (not sanitary products) will be able to register for a separate collection which will also cater for wipes, paper tissues, adult incontinence pads, stoma bags, absorbent bed sheets, plastic gloves and disposable aprons. It will be possible to register for the collections by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01656 643643 from Tuesday 2 May onwards.
Community Recycling Centre changes
From 5 June 2017, any waste taken to the sites in Brynmenyn, Tythegston and Maesteg will need to be separated so that all recyclable materials are placed in the correct bins first – you will no longer be able to just bundle everything into a bag and throw it into a general waste skip.
The new recycling containers, waste bags, a new collection calendar, and full instructions will be delivered to all homes before June. More than half of homes will also have a change to their collection day from Monday 5 June onwards.
Further details about the new service, and a full list of Frequently Asked Questions, can be found here.