Under the new refuse collection arrangements which come into force on September 2 any householder who puts out more than 2 black bags per fortnight will have a parking-ticket-style notice stuck to the excess bags – explaining why they have not been collected.
Rogue householders who persist in exceeding the two-bag limit can also expect a visit from Vale of Glamorgan “Waste Wardens” who will offer “support” to residents who have trouble remaining under the two-bag limit .
The new details have emerged in a meeting of the council’s environmental scrutiny committee at which operational manager, Colin Smith re-assured councillors that there is a “lot of provision for households in need of support” . He told the committee that for the past 10 years (under both Labour and Conservative control) the council had been “trying to educate people to recycle” .
There are new rules too for residents who load black bags in their cars and take them to the council’s waste facility in Barry .
Before being admitted to the recycling facility, they will have to prove they actually live in the Vale of Glamorgan [ similar restrictions for Cardiff residents apply at the Cardiff Council recycling facility ] . Operatives at Barry are authorised to open the black bags to check that they don’t contain material which could have been recycled – but wasn’t.
Councillor Lis Burnett (Labour Stanwell) said that it might be “upsetting” for what she called “responsible people” to have notices stuck on placed on their excess bin bags. She asked that the council provided details of someone householders could contact with their “fears and concerns.”
Mr Smith assured her there would be “no question” that support would be available to residents who want to recycle but confirmed that “It will be necessary to have stickers”.
Similar restrictions are being rolled out across the whole of Wales to meet requirements laid down by the Welsh Labour Government and councils which don’t comply can face fines.
As previously reported by PDN the new black bag restrictions come into force on September 2nd this year and a new “kerbside-separated” recycling service is also to be introduced in Penarth in April 2020 – subject to Welsh Government funding.