The Vale of Glamorgan Council is considering cutting back the number of black bin bags per household which can be left out for collection.
It’s being proposed that there should be a top limit of no more than 2 black bags left out for collection per household – with possible exceptions for very large families.
The Vale Council says that the average number of black bags put out by each household is currently 3 and says the council “will not achieve further targets without instigating a change that requires all households to engage with the service.”
Some households put as many as 20 black bags out for collection and in almost every ward across the county there were some households filling 10 bags each time.
The council says that without implementing a “restricted black bag system”, it will not be possible to achieve to achieve future waste and recycling targets by just using what it calls “an educational approach alone.”
An internal report recommends that Vale Council continues to collect black bags every fortnight as at present but restricts households to 2-black-bags per fortnight (with provision for very large families or exceptional circumstances to accommodate items such as hygiene products and other non-recyclable items). If householders don’t play ball they could find enforcement action being taken against them
Any householders who think they can get around the 2-black-bag restriction by simply using larger bags can think again. The size of a bag used for domestic waste collections cannot be larger than 750 mm in diameter and 1 metre in length. …Also wheelie bins – which have previusly been provided on a pilot basis by the council in some wards – are to be banned .
Black bags would still be collected fortnightly – as they are now.
Also in the pipeline are plans for householders to help with recycling by separating glass from paper plastic and metal. Currently all these materials are collected on a “co-mingled” basis but its now envisaged that households should use separate containers to segregate these items for recycling to meet Welsh Government targets of recycling 70% of waste
The glass, paper, tins and plastic collected in the Vale isn’t recycled by the Vale Council itself but is sold by re-processing contractor based in the North of England to private companies throughout the world. The council itself receives no income from it.
What the council calls “separated collections” would, it says, “ result in much lower levels of contamination and in turn a higher sale price for the material”. The council also plans to find its own markets due to the higher value of the sorted material..
The Vale Council also plans to intends to build a new “waste transfer station” where recyclable material can be stored before it is sold. Teh changes are expected to save the council £400,000 each year and held bring it into line with recent legislation.