PLANS TO CUT BLACK RUB­BISH BAGS TO THREE

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THE num­ber of black bin bags that house­hold­ers in Car­marthen­shire are al­lowed to put out for col­lec­tion looks set to re­duce from four to three.

Coun­cil chiefs are wor­ried about miss­ing this year’s 64% re­cy­cling tar­get and the costs this could in­cur.

Mea­sures were in­tro­duced at the county’s house­hold waste re­cy­cling cen­tres in April to de­ter peo­ple bring­ing their rub­bish from out­side the county.

Com­mer­cial waste was also banned, ex­cept at the Nan­ty­caws site, and open­ing hours were re­duced by one hour per day.

But more ac­tion is needed as the cur­rent 59% re­cy­cling rate needs to rise.

A re­port go­ing be­fore the ex­ec­u­tive board on July 29 said: “At present there is a sig­nif­i­cant risk of not meet­ing the statu­tory re­cy­cling tar­get of 64% in this fi­nan­cial and there­fore be­ing po­ten­tially ex­posed to sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial penal­ties from Welsh Gov­ern­ment.”

The new three black bags per fort­night rule would come into force in Oc­to­ber, sub­ject to ex­ec­u­tive board approval.

Some ex­emp­tions would ap­ply such as for house­holds with six or more mem­bers.

But there could be a fur­ther cut to the black bag limit if re­cy­cling rates don’t im­prove af­ter 12 months.

The coun­cil also in­tends to pro­vide lin­ers to all house­holds for their food waste cad­dies.

Pre­vi­ous anal­y­sis of black bags has found food waste com­prises more than a quar­ter of black bag con­tents in Car­marthen­shire.

The ex­ec­u­tive board is also set to ex­pand the range of ve­hi­cles and trail­ers that can ac­cess house­hold waste re­cy­cling cen­tres, fol­low­ing pub­lic feed­back in the wake of the April changes.

An­other pre­vi­ouslya­greed change is that black bags brought into house­hold waste re­cy­cling sites will be opened from Oc­to­ber with re­cy­clable prod­ucts re­moved.

Coun­cil chiefs have looked at other coun­cils’ black bag col­lec­tion regimes and the ex­ec­u­tive re­port said: “The pro­posed restric­tions would put us in line with many other Welsh au­thor­i­ties.” Find out more on­line at... waleson­line.co.uk

Roy’s daugh­ter, son-in-law and grand­son en­joy­ing the run.

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