Wales Invests £2m In Merthyr Tydfil’s Recycling

Natural Resources Minister John Griffiths has announced a £2m funding package for Merthyr Tydfil Council to improve recycling services.

The funding is part of the Collaborative Change Programme, which is awarding £4m this year and £4m next year to support councils to make improvements to their recycling services.

The funding will enable the council to invest in new vehicles, containers, depots and equipment to move to a kerbside sort system of recycling.  This involves sorting materials at the kerbside into different compartments of a specialist collection vehicle.

John Griffiths said: “The Collaborative Change Programme provides specialist advice and support to help local authorities to achieve their recycling targets. It supports them to invest in more efficient services within their financial means.

“Merthyr Council is ambitious to improve its recycling rates and I know it will work closely with residents to achieve this.

John Griffiths – “The Collaborative Change Programme provides specialist advice and support to help local authorities to achieve their recycling targets. It supports them to invest in more efficient services within their financial means”

“By separating recycling, there will be less contamination, which means that the materials can fetch a higher price for the council. I hope this means that more materials will stay in Wales for use by Welsh companies, helping Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council to avoid landfill taxes, increase their recycling rates and support recycling markets in Wales.

Councillor, Brendan Toomey, the Leader of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council commented: “This £2m investment package received from Welsh Government is fantastic news for Merthyr Tydfil. This additional funding will assist the local authority in being able to provide a more efficient and effective recycling service for our residents. In addition to this, the Collaborative Change Programme (CCP) will also be able to provide more support to residents and businesses on how they can reduce their waste and improve the way they recycle!

“Like all other local authorities, we must achieve our recycling targets set by Welsh Government. For Merthyr Tydfil however, this is not good enough, we want to be the best in Wales and with the introduction of this new recycling system and the support of our residents and local businesses, I am sure we can achieve this.

“It is expected that the move to a kerbside sort system of recycling will be introduced early next year, however further information of any changes to this service will be communicated to all households over the coming months.”


 

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