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Why the new system is being introduced

The new procedures for collecting recycling and waste in Bridgend County Borough will aim to begin from 5 June 2017. This page helps explain why the new system is being introduced.

Why has the council changed its refuse collection arrangements?

Because the Welsh Government recognises that our planet cannot continue to cope with the amount of rubbish we are throwing away, burning or putting back into the earth.

They have 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.

The new system is being introduced because the current kerbside system will not be enough to meet these recycling targets.

What are the benefits of recycling more waste?

It is cleaner, healthier and better for the environment in which we live, uses less natural resources and saves money.

Recycling saves about 10-15 million tonnes of carbon emissions a year in the UK, which is the equivalent of stopping 3.5 million cars from pumping out fumes and burning up fuel.

Most of what we throw away can be reused - for example, recycling aluminium cans saves up to 95 per cent of the energy needed to make new cans from fresh raw materials, and the energy required to create just a single new can is enough to power a television set for three hours.

Every item recycled makes a difference, and there is always room to recycle more. In Wales, 725,000 plastic bottles are used every day, but only half end up being recycled.

Will there be penalties for not hitting the new targets?

Yes – if Bridgend County Borough misses the 64 per cent recycling target for 2019-20 by just one per cent, it could mean a fine of around £100,000. This goes up the more an area misses a target by, and the costs will have to be met by local taxpayers.

So if we kept the current system and maintained our 58 per cent recycling rate, it would result in fines of almost a million pounds a year.

So this isn’t a cost-saving exercise by the council?

No – it is the only way in which the council can hit the new recycling targets, avoid heavy fines, divert more waste away from landfill and help achieve the Welsh Government’s aims for a cleaner, greener Wales.

How did you select the new system?

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.

How was the contractor selected?

A robust competitive tendering process was undertaken and Kier was selected as the council’s waste partner for the next seven years.

When will the new collections begin?

The current kerbside collection calendars that have been supplied to all homes will expire at the end of May. To avoid confusion, finalise contractual issues, manufacture and distribute the new equipment and ensure that people have enough time to get used to the new procedures, the new collections are set to begin in early June 2017.

The new arrangements at the Community Recycling Centres will also begin in early June 2017.

Last Updated: 09/08/2017
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