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This page features answers to some commonly asked questions that we have received about the new recycling and waste collection system which will begin on 5 June 2017.

Will the new system affect how much Council Tax I pay?

No - it costs approximately £2.50 a week per property to collect and dispose of the county borough’s waste and recycling, and only a small part of your council tax goes towards this.

Money raised via council tax will account for around £67m in the council’s budget during 2017-18. To put this in perspective, the council will spend £87m on education alone in that same period.

The bulk of council funding comes from grants and allocations from central Government rather than council tax.

Will the new scheme attract rats, seagulls and other vermin?

In the past, vermin have been attracted to food waste when it has been placed inside black refuse bags, and this has caused problems when the bags have been torn open.

Under the new system, householders can avoid problems by ensuring that all food waste is placed securely inside the lockable food container.

The food waste will be collected alongside other recycling on a weekly basis.

Why isn’t the council using wheelie bins?

Wheelie bins would not be suitable for some of our steeper streets, especially in valley communities or on terraced streets.

Also, recycling systems where items are pre-sorted before they are collected help stop them from becoming cross-contaminated with other waste, and subsequently rejected.

How did the council decide which system to use?

We carried out extensive public consultation and worked alongside recycling experts WRAP Cymru and our waste partners, Kier, to identify a system which will enable households to recycle as much waste as possible.

The system needed to be one that could be applied within each of the county borough’s communities and across a variety of geographical terrain (coastal, town, rural, valley etc.).

Householders are already used to using recycling sacks, and recycling vehicles will be fitted with special hooks so that the sacks can be attached before being emptied.

An expanded version of the recycling sack system was found to be the most all-round suitable option.

Will a two-bag fortnightly limit be enough?

Research by WRAP Cymru has revealed that the average refuse bag contains large quantities of materials that could have been recycled instead of going to landfill, including food (30.6 per cent) and paper and card waste (13.6 per cent).

Removing all recyclable items and placing them in the appropriate sack or container will help free a lot of space within landfill bags – there is no limit on how much recycling can be put out for collection, and householders can request additional equipment to help with this.

Why can’t certain items be recycled, e.g. black plastic and Christmas wrapping paper?

We try to recycle as many different items as possible, but are reliant on the availability of companies and technology capable of processing materials in an economical and environmentally beneficial way.

Until national and international agreements on packaging are in place, there will always be differences in the types of materials that local authorities will be able to accept and recycle.

Some items are also unsuitable due to issues such as e.g. high levels of ink saturation.

Will the non-recyclable waste bags be filled up with pet litter?

Ensuring that all recyclable materials are taken out of landfill bags will create a considerable amount of space in each 75-litre bag.

Options for alternative disposal methods include the use of pet waste digesters and wormeries.

Will the two bag limit create more flytipping?

The Welsh Government has reported that flytipping incidents in Wales have steadily declined since 2008-09 despite the fact that most local authorities have introduced new waste and recycling procedures.

While there may be a minority of irresponsible people who will try and dump their rubbish indiscriminately, our investigations suggest that rather than being linked to domestic waste,  much of the fly tipping that takes place in the county borough is related to businesses that illegally try to avoid waste disposal costs – e.g. builder’s rubble, garden clearances, etc.

The council will continue to investigate such incidents and will take action against anyone who fly-tips rubbish, and urges residents to remain vigilant and report any incidents.

We will also be carrying out enforcement action against flytippers, etc.

Are any new community recycling centres planned?

Yes – a large new community recycling centre is currently being developed at Pyle and is expected to open for public use in 2018. There will be more news on this soon.

Last Updated: 10/04/2017
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