Recycling

Swansea Labour behind new proposals to encourage more to recycle

New measures, backed by the Labour-led Swansea Council, are set to be introduced to encourage more residents in to recycle household waste.

Councils in Wales need to achieve a 64% recycling rate by 2019/20 and in Swansea the projected rate for 2018/19 is around 63%. By 2024/2025 that target will increase to 70%.

To enable Swansea Council to meet the target, a new proposal is set to be considered by Cabinet, which will encourage more residents to use the kerbside recycling services and not put all their household waste in black bags.

The proposals being considered would mean the council can letter-drop residents found not recycling and hopefully encourage them to get on board. The Council will also use its enforcement powers as a last resort if letters fail to achieve the results they want.

A recent public consultation on the proposals received overwhelming support for the plans.

More than 480 people responded to the consultation, with 84% favouring tougher measures for residents who refuse to recycle their household waste.

Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: “We have operated kerbside recycling services in Swansea for more than 15 years and the majority of households are taking part.

“Our ongoing surveys show that there are still residents who either refuse to recycle or do very little, opting only to use black bags.

“Our proposal is to work with these households to get them on board and hopefully get us up to the required 64% by the timescale the Welsh Government has stated.

“Our officers will visit households who we know are not recycling and make sure they have all the information they need.”

Some Councils in Wales have already taken measures to manage household waste and boost their recycling performance – this has included reducing the number of black bags households are allowed to put out and reducing the frequency of collections of black bag waste.

In Swansea, households can put up to three black bags out for collection every other week.

Cllr Thomas added: “While those measures may be effective elsewhere in the country, it’s not something we are considering. This would be unfair on those who are recycling and that’s not right in my opinion.

“We would rather look at measures that will only really affect households refusing to recycle.”

 

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