A new waste collection service model for Ceredigion has been approved by the Cabinet at its meeting on 27 March 2018.

The new service will see a continuation of weekly food waste and the clear bag system for mixed recyclables. The new service will also see the introduction of kerbside glass collections which, along with residual waste, will be collected every three weeks.

The new service takes into consideration feedback received including that from a public consultation process and following a successful trial of glass collections in the Cardigan and Penparc areas.

Cabinet member responsible for Technical Services, Councillor Ray Quant MBE said, “It’s clear that most residents value glass collection from their homes; the Cabinet decision makes this a reality across the county for the first time. This is an example of Caru Ceredigion at work with the Council and the public playing their part for the benefit of all.”

Providing services that encourage and facilitate positive waste behaviours has multiple benefits. As well as being better for the environment, by reducing the amount of waste taken to landfill, this also reduces unnecessary costs and helps keep Ceredigion clean. The new service also looks to improve food waste collection by providing food waste caddy liners free of charge. These liners will be distributed as the Council rolls out the new service. In the meantime residents can collect rolls of free food waste caddy liners from the Council’s cash offices and libraries.

Councillor Quant continued, “Analysis of the black bin waste that goes to land-fill showed that 50% of the content could have been recycled. Ceredigion is leading Wales when it comes to recycling but this shows that we can improve further still. Moving to a three-weekly black bin collection will encourage residents to think further about what can be recycled and could reduce the amount thrown in landfill-bound black bins.”

The vehicles required to deliver the new service will now be procured and further work undertaken on the development of a detailed implementation plan. It is envisaged that the new service will be introduced during Spring 2019.