Three Bag Collection Cuts 700 Tonnes Black Bag Waste In Swansea

30-04-14(1)picSwansea Council has announced that as a result of it implementing a three bag limit for its black bag waste the city has produced 700 tonnes less black bag waste in one month.

In April 2014, the Council introduced a three-bag limit to the amount of black bag waste residents could put out for collection each fortnight.

Latest figures show that in the first month of the changes more than 700 tonnes less black bag waste was collected from residents homes compared to the same period last year.

The council said that “comparatively few households have had to be contacted about putting out too many black bags.”

June Burtonshaw, Cabinet Member for Place, said: “I want to say ‘thank you’ to all those residents who are doing their bit to reduce the amount of waste our city is sending to landfill.

“We should all remember that one less tonne to landfill is one more tonne to recycling and that means one tonne closer to hitting the 58 percent Welsh Government recycling target by 2016.

“What we all need to do now is keep up the good work over the coming months. Our recycling teams will be out and about across the city knocking on doors offering advice to residents, including those who are struggling to meet the ‘Keep it to 3’ target”

“At a time when budgets are tight, residents who Keep it to 3 are helping reduce the risk of fines for stepping over the 58 percent mark.”

She added: “The other important thing is that residents who are keeping their black bag waste to three or less are also helping contribute to a better environment for future generations.

“What we all need to do now is keep up the good work over the coming months. Our recycling teams will be out and about across the city knocking on doors offering advice to residents, including those who are struggling to meet the ‘Keep it to 3’ target.”

The Keep it to 3 campaign was launched in April and included leaflets to every home in Swansea, bridge banners and a “selfie” competition to encourage people to use their kitchen waste caddies more.

On the first day alone 30 tonnes less black bag waste was collected and in the whole month of April the figure was 700 tonnes.

Chris Howell, Head of Waste at Swansea Council, said: “It has been great to see how well local residents have embraced the campaign. There have been very few occasions on which we’ve had to issue stickers to a small number of people who have been over the limit.”

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