Swansea’s Black Bag Limit Reduces Waste To Landfill By 30 Tonnes In First Day

07-04-14(5)picSwansea council has claimed that by implementing a limit on the amount of black bags resident are permitted to leave out for its fortnightly collection the council has reduced residents waste sent to landfill by 30 tonnes during the first day.

The council’s “Keep it to three” campaign was aimed at reducing the amount of waste the council sends to landfill and to encourage recycling in order to hit Welsh Government targets.

The limit has been introduced as a step towards Welsh Assembly targets for 58 percent of its waste to be recycled by 2016.

The new measures were introduced on Monday last week (7 April) and the council has said the effect has been immediate, seeing a reduction of almost 30 tonnes of waste that would have been sent to landfill.

This is the same as 1,800 black bags.

Cabinet member June Burtonshaw said: “I’d like to thank residents who have done the right thing and recycled their waste.”

Chris Howell, Swansea – “People who do exceed the three bag limit will see the excess bags left outside their houses with a sticker on them, reminding residents of the new rules and potentially a knock on the door from the council’s environmental staff offering help”

Chris Howell, the council’s head of waste, said: “Our crews have reported a reduction in the number of black bags on the streets since we announced the limit.”

“People who do exceed the three bag limit will see the excess bags left outside their houses with a sticker on them, reminding residents of the new rules and potentially a knock on the door from the council’s environmental staff offering help…

“The amount of black bag waste we are permitted at landfill decreases each year and so it’s important we look at other ways to dispose of household waste.

“Every lorry full of waste we send to landfill costs us £1,000, and with 110,000 properties in the city and county it soon adds up.”

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