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Residents thanked for their recycling efforts

7 September 2017

Homes across Bridgend County Borough are being thanked for their recycling efforts, and patience, during the first three months of the county’s new recycling and waste arrangements.

Since the start of June, residents have been recycling more than ever before, with Bridgend County Borough Council reporting a large increase in the amount of plastics, paper, food waste, cardboard and other recyclable materials being put out at the kerbside.

When compared to 2016, there was a 55 per cent increase in the amount recycled from homes over the first two weeks of the new recycling arrangements coming into effect on 5 June.

During the second two weeks of June 2017, 30 per cent more recycling was collected from the kerbside when compared to the same weeks during June last year.

Councillor Hywel Williams, the council’s Deputy Leader, said: “I’d like to thank residents for the way they have embraced recycling since the new arrangements began this summer.

“Obviously, there have been well-documented teething problems with missed collections in some areas and delays on recycling container deliveries, but we have worked hard with Kier to improve the situation, and will continue to do so.

“In particular, there has been an overwhelming number of requests from residents who are keen to recycle food waste but don’t already have the caddies they need, and these are being delivered as soon as possible.

“Although we are expecting the amount of recycling collected from households to settle down after that peak of a 55 per cent increase during the first fortnight, we fully anticipate the recycling rates to rise significantly on previous years thanks to the new arrangements and waste limits.”

When kerbside recycling is combined with the recycling collected at Community Recycling Centres, the latest recorded stat for Bridgend County Borough’s overall recycling rate (covering April to June 2017) stands at 63.7 per cent, meaning that the council is well on track to achieving the ambitious recycling targets that have been set by Welsh Government.

They’ve set new targets of 64 per cent in 2019-20, and 70 per cent in 2024-25 for how much household waste needs to be recycled, and local authorities who fail to meet those targets will face heavy fines.

Full details on Bridgend County Borough’s new home recycling arrangements can be found at www.recycleforbridgend.wales

Last Updated: 07/09/2017
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