Big thank-you for waste woe

COUN­CIL chiefs have said “thank you” to res­i­dents across Brid­gend bor­ough who have put up with missed bin col­lec­tions while a new re­cy­cling sys­tem kicked in.

Glamorgan Gazette - - Front Page - ABBY BOLTER abby.bolter@waleson­line.co.uk

RES­I­DENTS who have put up with missed bin col­lec­tions and mag­gots have been thanked by coun­cil chiefs.

The au­thor­ity in Brid­gend said de­spite the “well-doc­u­mented teething prob­lems” its new waste col­lec­tion sys­tem has seen re­cy­cling rates im­prove.

Mark­ing three months since the new sys­tem – which lim­its most house­holds to putting out two bin bags per fort­night – came into ef­fect the coun­cil said that com­pared to June 2016, the first two weeks of the new ar­range­ments saw a 55% in­crease in the amount re­cy­cled from homes.

The coun­cil said dur­ing the sec­ond two weeks of June 30% more re­cy­cling was col­lected from the kerb­side when com­pared to the same weeks dur­ing June last year.

Re­cy­cling col­lec­tions have re­mained weekly un­der the new coun­cil con­tract with pri­vate firm Kier, which started on June 5. A new ab­sorbent hy­giene prod­uct col­lec­tion ser­vice has also been im­ple­mented.

But dur­ing the first weeks many res­i­dents’ re­cy­cling and bin bag col­lec­tions were de­layed or missed.

Many also re­ported they had not had the cor­rect re­cy­cling con­tain­ers or bin bags de­liv­ered.

Kier has taken steps to rem­edy prob­lems, in­clud­ing tak­ing on more staff, but peo­ple are still re­port­ing is­sues.

Coun 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% 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.”

Brid­gend coun­cil said that when kerb­side re­cy­cling is com­bined with the re­cy­cling col­lected at com­mu­nity re­cy­cling cen­tres, the lat­est recorded statis­tic for Brid­gend County Bor­ough’s over­all re­cy­cling rate (cov­er­ing April to June 2017) stands at 63.7%, 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% in 2019-20, and 70% 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.

There has been a rise in re­cy­cling fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of the new waste col­lec­tion sys­tem in Brid­gend

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