Cardiff is considering a move to collecting its residual black bag waste every four weeks under a number of plans being put forward by the city council.
The move comes as Cardiff seeks to meet recycling targets after figures showed its recycling rate slipped back to 50 percent in the last year.
The council is to consult on a series of options, which include reducing black bag collections to once every four weeks as well as reducing large 240-litre wheeled bins for smaller 140-litre wheeled bins.
The latter option will involve investing more than £2m in new containers. It will also involve changing or adapting leased collection vehicles to accommodate separate recycling streams.
Cllr Bob Derbyshire – “Our most recent consultation showed at least 54 percent would recycle more if their waste was restricted and we are consulting on the options for restricting non-recyclable waste further”
Previous waste strategy resulted in a significant change in the way recycling is collected and saw the city council raise its recycling rate from 39 percent in 2009/10 to 52 percent in 2012/13. However, since then it has levelled out.
Cllr Bob Derbyshire, Cabinet member for Environment said: “We are keenly aware of Welsh Government targets and the potential for being penalised if we fall short.
“This is why since November 2013 we have been working closely with the Welsh Government on proposals for a new strategy to re-invigorate the city’s recycling performance that is affordable, EU directive compliant, works for residents and fits the unique demands of the largest city in Wales with a high number of flats and high density accommodation to service.
“In this new comprehensive strategy, we are concentrating on measures for consultation that will drive recycling rates up such as restricting volumes of residual waste.
“Our most recent consultation showed at least 54 percent would recycle more if their waste was restricted and we are consulting on the options for restricting non-recyclable waste further.
“In addition, the areas that can use wheelie bins but are on bags would be expanded and the remaining bag areas potentially provided with a comparable limit of waste bags.”