Swansea residents are being encouraged to join the Swansea Labour-led council’s latest ‘Keep it Out’ campaign to meet the Welsh Government’s 70% recycling target.
Swansea’s recycling rate has climbed to 64 per cent thanks to residents keeping out of black bags materials that could be recycled.
It’s led to a reduction of around 100 tonnes of black bag waste collected every fortnight alongside an increase in the amount of recyclable waste collected.
But the Labour council is still finding that some residents are not making full use of the kerbside recycling service and more needs to be done to meet the next Welsh Government recycling target of 70% by 2025.
In the two years since the campaign launched more than 90,000 homes have been visited and only two fixed penalty notices have been issued as the vast majority of people start recycling before it gets to the enforcement stage.
Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said: “I would like to thank all those in Swansea who are doing their bit to recycle as many items as they can.
“Unfortunately, there are still some people who could do more and we need to get them on board if we are to meet our target of a recycling rate of 70% within the next four years.
“We will do this by offering help and support and although enforcement is available we very much hope it will not be needed.
“By reducing black bag waste means we are sending less waste to landfill which is great for environment and as a result we are able to make significant savings on our annual non-recyclable waste disposal costs.
“Putting food waste into our black bags also causes unnecessary litter and mess as birds and animals often rip open the bags to get at the contents causing unpleasant and unsightly scenes on our streets and in our communities.
“Please continue to recycle and please encourage family, friends and neighbours to do the same.”
To help meet the challenge from this month recycling teams will be carrying out surveys of black bag waste to see if recyclable materials are being placed in them, particularly black bags from flats.
In most cases the surveys are done without the need to open bags as the black bag’s weight or shape can indicate that recycling is present. They also use the “clink test” to identify if glass and tins and cans are inside.