The new household limit of no more than 2 black refuse bags per household was being explained to local residents in a public information campaign roadshow in Penarth Town Centre today.
The new limit came into force at the beginning of this month and is designed to reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste which the Vale Council currently has to pay to have incinerated .
There has been a steady stream of callers at the mobile display unit throughout the day – following on from an earlier information session held last week at Penarth Pier.
Not only is the number of black bin bags limited to 2 per collection – but the size of the bags is also now restricted. Only “normal” black bags of between 60 and 90 litres in capacity are being allowed. Anything larger than that is not acceptable – ruling-out builders’ rubble bags and 100-litre-size wheely bin bags .
One of the most frequently asked questions was about flats and houses with “communal areas” where there are multiple occupiers . The team has been advising residents that if there are 20 black bags left for collection at a block of – say – flats with 10 tenants ,that is acceptable. However if the number of bags left for collection is, for example, more than 20, the excess bags will still be collected – but a “waste warden” will investigate call to have explain to tenants what they have to do in a conversation with the tenants . For every tonne by which the council exceeds its non-recylable waste limit, it is fined by the Welsh Labour Government.
There are exceptions allowed for people with large families ( of 6 or more), mothers with young babies in nappies and those who have medical conditions which necessitate the use of disposable materials. Such residents are entitled to an extra black bag allocation.
Also on display at the roadshow was the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s new environmentally-friendly weedkilling machine. Instead of using chemicals like “Round-Up”, it dispenses super-hot steam at 112 degrees centigrade to kill the weeds -thus avoiding the use of herbicides and pesticides.
So far the Vale Council only has one of these British built machines – but it should help save a considerable financial outlay in the purchase of chemical weedkillers – and also help save the environment.