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Recycling rate hits all-time high for Bridgend County Borough

21 November 2017

Bridgend County Borough’s new recycling and waste collection service has been tipped to be named one of the best in Wales after hitting an all-time high recycling rate of 74 per cent.

Just six months after it was launched in June 2017, official figures have revealed that the amount of household waste diverted away from landfill between July and September rose from 57 per cent in 2016 to 74 per cent in 2017.

This puts the county borough on course to not only meet strict new recycling targets introduced by Welsh Government, but to surpass them entirely.

Out of the 22 councils in Wales, Bridgend is one of 17 local authorities that is using fortnightly collections. Four councils collect it every three weeks, and one is trialling monthly collections.

Statistics for Bridgend County Borough have also revealed that between June and August 2017, local community recycling centres recorded a 254 tonne increase in recycling while the waste sent for disposal as landfill during that same period decreased by 957 tonnes.

With annual household collections expected to total more than six million, the current missed collection rate stands at 0.2 per cent.

Since it was launched, the collection of nappies and other absorbent hygiene products (AHP) has proven to be particularly popular - 7,720 households have signed up for the service, and an average of 100 additional requests are being received every week.

So far, 278 tonnes of nappies and AHP waste have been diverted from going to landfill – the equivalent of 46 elephants or 23 double-decker buses. Cellulose fibres have been removed and recycled to make fibre boards and acoustic panelling, and the remaining plastics have been sent for further processing.

Food waste is also being put to good use with the Agrivert plant in Stormy Down on course to process approximately 18,000 tonnes of kitchen leftovers. Collected every year by Bridgend and Swansea councils, the waste is being used to generate electricity and create organic fertiliser for use on around 3,000 acres of nearby farm land.

Deputy Leader Hywel Williams said: “Achieving a 74 per cent recycling rate within such a short period of time is an amazing achievement, and I really want to thank householders for embracing the new arrangements and making them such a success. 

“We are seeing some very impressive results from the first six months of the scheme. It is clear that despite a difficult introduction, the new collections have provided a massive boost to recycling, and are well on their way to achieving what we wanted.

“With Wales set to become a zero waste nation by 2050, Bridgend County Borough is closely following the blueprint established by Welsh Government. 

“Thanks to the fantastic efforts of local residents, it is looking increasingly unlikely that we are going to have to face substantial fines for missing recycling targets of 64 per cent in 2019-20 and 70 per cent in 2024-25.

“At the same time, I’m well aware that there are still areas in which the new procedures need to improve in order to ensure that a consistent level of service can be provided, and I want to assure residents that we will be focusing closely on these with our waste partners, Kier.

“Never the less, these new recycling statistics demonstrate the very real progress that is being made, and are a promising sign that Bridgend County Borough will soon be recognised as one of the highest-performing areas in Wales.”

Last Updated: 28/11/2017
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