From 1 June, domestic waste that cannot be recycled will be collected once every three weeks from households in the Meirionnydd area of Gwynedd.
The change will bring Meirionnydd into line with households in the Dwyfor area, which transitioned to the new collection frequency back in October 2014.
Work to distribute the Cartgylchu – a triple-deck trolley, which makes it easier for people to sort their waste for recycling (pictured) – has already started in the area, which will help and encourage households to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Councillor John Wynn Jones – “The Council is charged for every tonne of rubbish sent to landfill and risk a penalty fine if we don’t meet our recycling targets”
Gwynedd County Council became the first in Wales to approve a three-weekly collection for its “black bag” waste.
The unanimously agreed upon scheme is set to come into force in October 2014, with a hope of reducing waste sent to landfill and increase recycling. The council also claimed that the move would lead to savings of £350,000.
Councillor John Wynn Jones, the Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “I would urge people living in Meirionnydd to keep an eye out for the information pack and to read it carefully when it arrives. It explains the changes fully and also includes useful information about the different materials which can go in the blue box and what food is suitable for the brown bin.
“I’m thankful for the way the people of Dwyfor have taken to the new waste collection arrangements, and am confident that people living in Meirionnydd will embrace the changes in the same positive manner.
“Our focus is on encouraging people to recycle and compost as much of their waste as possible so that less and less waste is sent to be buried in landfill sites. The Council is charged for every tonne of rubbish sent to landfill and risk a penalty fine if we don’t meet our recycling targets.”