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Top ‘tip’ for taking your waste to Community Recycling Centres

18 May 2017

Bridgend County Borough Council has emphasised that residents WILL be able to take their non-recyclable waste to their local Community Recycling Centres (aka ‘the tips’) as part of the changes to recycling and waste arrangements which come into effect this summer.

Mark Shephard, the council’s Director for Communities, said: “As there appears to be a bit of confusion around this, with false rumours spreading on social media, we want to clarify that anyone who is unable to reduce their rubbish to meet the new limits WILL be able to take any additional blue bags to the Community Recycling Centres in Brynmenyn, Tythegston and Maesteg.

“When residents take waste to the sites, they will be asked to first separate any recyclable items into the appropriate skips so that only the leftover non-recyclable items go into the general waste skip.

“Staff will be on hand to provide advice on what can and can’t be recycled. Residents shouldn’t expect to just turn up and throw a bag of materials into a general waste skip without taking time to sort the materials accordingly.

“As the two black boxes which are currently used for recycling paper, card and glass will no longer be used for collections after 5 June, we’re advising residents to re-use these containers for trips to the Community Recycling Centres. They are ideal for presenting your pre-sorted materials to staff at the ‘tip’.”

From Monday 5 June, residents will start using a range of new recycling containers for their weekly collections, while most homes will be limited to throwing out a maximum of two rubbish bags each fortnight. Black bags will no longer be used – instead, homes will be issued with a roll of branded blue bags.

Mr Shephard added: “While we would like to make it clear that it will still be possible to take non-recyclable waste to the Community Recycling Centres after 5 June, we really want to encourage residents to ensure that they are doing as much as possible to recycle everything at home. If they do so, then evidence from other local authorities has shown that it is possible to only need to put out two bags of rubbish each fortnight.”

All of the changes are being introduced in a bid to make the county borough one of the greenest places to live in Wales, and achieve high recycling targets set by Welsh Government. The new recycling containers and specially branded waste bags will be delivered to all homes before the new arrangements start. For further details, please visit


Local residents are reminded that a new optional ‘Absorbent Hygiene Products’ collection is being introduced from 5 June which will enable residents to recycle their children’s nappies, while the service will also cater for wipes, paper tissues, stoma bags, adult incontinence pads and nappies, absorbent bed sheets, plastic gloves and disposable aprons. It will NOT be for feminine hygiene products.

Any residents who would like to use the service need to register for it by calling 01656 643643 or email


Larger households are reminded that they can apply for extra dispensations ahead of the new waste arrangements coming into effect on 5 June.

Properties with six or seven residents can apply for one additional waste bag each fortnight, while homes containing eight or more people can apply for two extra waste bags per fortnight.

One additional bag can 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.

To register for the extra dispensations, please call 01656 643643 or email


 As many homes will also have a new collection day from 5 June, local residents are advised to look out for this envelope in the post which includes a guide to the new arrangements as well as their new collection calendar. Please check the calendar carefully.

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