Ceredigion County Council is currently consulting on proposed changes to the waste collection service and is urging residents to share their views. Please complete the survey by Friday 22nd December 2017.
Why are we talking about changing your waste collection service?
Because we need to recycle more
Although Ceredigion is performing quite well, half of the waste that we currently put into black bags could have been recycled or put in the food waste bin. We need to recycle more and deal with our food waste more responsibly.
People generally recognise that recycling is a good thing and most of us in Ceredigion already use the clear recycling bags and the food waste bins that the Council provides. This is much better for the environment than putting our rubbish into black bags and sending it for treatment or dumping it in landfill.
It actually costs us much more to deal with the waste that is put into black bags. This means that if more people use the clear bags and food waste bins properly, you and the Council will save money and the environment will benefit.
The Welsh Government has set recycling targets and if we don’t meet them we could be fined. This would mean either reduced Council services or increased Council Tax for our residents.
How we collect waste now
We currently provide free clear bags for recycling paper, card, most plastics, cans and cartons. These are collected from your home every week and sent to be recycled.
We provide free kitchen caddies and outdoor bins for cooked and uncooked food waste. This is also collected every week and turned into fuel and fertiliser.
We collect black rubbish bags for other waste every fortnight without any limit on the number of bags.
We do not collect glass at all. Residents are asked to take their glass bottles and jars to skips in car parks (called “glass banks”) or to household waste sites.
What options have we considered?
We considered changing the way we collect dry recycling by providing three separate bags or boxes and asking residents to sort their recycling at home, instead of putting it all into one bag.
We thought about limiting the number of black bags that each household can put out for collection (to two bags every fortnight) to encourage more people to recycle and use the food waste bins. Special arrangements would be considered for large families.
We considered collecting black bags once every three weeks, without a restriction on numbers of bags, to try to get more people to recycle and use the food waste bins.
We thought about collecting black bags once every three weeks and limiting the number of black bags that each household can put out for collection (to three bags every three weeks) to encourage more people to recycle and use the food waste bins. Special arrangements would be considered for large families.
We considered introducing a collection of glass bottles and jars from your home, to encourage more recycling.
We looked at providing free food waste caddy liners to make the food waste bin cleaner and easier to use and collect.
We considered making separate arrangements for the collection of nappies and similar waste (e.g. incontinence products), if black bags were collected every three weeks.
What are we proposing to do?
Comment by Councillor Ray Quant MBE, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Portfolio Member for Technical and Corporate Services
“Waste management is an important service which we all rely on. When looking at options for the future we have tried to keep the parts of the service that you have previously told us that you like. We’re proposing to make some improvements that you have asked for and we’ve tried to limit the changes that are needed to help us meet targets and avoid fines. Your views are really important to us now so they can be considered as part of the decision making process, so please take part in the survey.”
We want to go on collecting your recycling every week in clear bags because we think that this is the easiest way for people to recycle, and you’ve told us that you like this system.
We want to go on collecting your food waste every week. We will still provide the caddies and bins for you to use and we will also give residents free liners for the caddies to make it easier and less messy for you to recycle your food waste. You will be required to use these free liners.
We would like to provide you with a box for glass bottles and jars and collect this once every three weeks. This is because we understand that not everyone is able to take their glass to the skips provided in car parks or to the household waste sites.
We would only collect black bags once every three weeks. This is because most waste can be recycled and should be put in the clear bags or the food waste bin. We hope that collecting rubbish every three weeks will get more people to recycle their waste and this will help the environment, help us to meet Welsh Government targets and save everyone money.
We would offer a special fortnightly collection of nappies and similar waste for those people who need it.
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Proposed Changes to the Waste Collection Service