Fly-tipping of black bags up
FLY-TIPPING of black bags in the Vale of Glamorgan has gone up since the council started collecting just two bags per home every fortnight. A total of 99 bags were reported to the council.
FLY-TIPPING of black bags in the Vale of Glamorgan has gone up since the council started collecting just two bags per home every fortnight.
A total of 99 fly-tipped black bags were reported to the Vale of Glamorgan Council between September – when the new policy was introduced – and November.
That was an increase from the 61 fly-tipped black bags reported in the three months leading up to September.
But the council has said there were 107 fly-tipped black bags reported between September and November 2017 – eight more than the three months following September this year.
Councillor Geoff Cox, cabinet member for neighbourhood services and transport, said it was too early to draw any conclusions about the effect on fly-tipping the new black bags policy has had.
He said excess black bags left uncollected outside people’s properties are unlikely to be recorded as fly-tipping.
Cllr Cox told a full council meeting on Wednesday: “The general levels of compliance with the two bag rule have been excellent.
“In the three months since the introduction of the scheme, our officers have only reported 117 incidences of residents who have breached the rule on more than one occasion.”
He added council officers are taking action against those 117 residents.
The council has also said the number of black rubbish bags being collected in the Vale of Glamorgan has gone down by 31% since the two bags per fortnight rule was implemented.
It has also led to an 8% increase in kerbside recycling, and a 19% rise in food waste recycling, according to council figures.
Over Christmas and new year the black bags restrictions will not apply.
Two black bags of rubbish are collected every fortnight from homes in the Vale