Welsh local authority, Blaenau Gwent Borough Council, has opted to collect its “black bin” waste every three weeks from the turn of the new year, having initially considered a four weekly option.
It has been reported that the cost of hanging from its current service will be in the region of £4m and will involve the purchase of a new fleet of 15 vehicles and 35,000 recycling containers. residents will retain their 240-litre black bins, which will just be collected less often, but the recycling bags currently in use will be be replaced by a box system and a kerbside sort system will be introduced.
After approving the new system last week, the Council confirmed that £2m of funding was being made available by the Welsh Government and that the rest of the cost would be covered from borrowing, but added that by 2016 it envisaged that the new system would be generating an income of between £150,000 and £250,000.
Councillor David White, executive member for Waste Management and Recycling, said: “Recycling and food waste will continue to be collected on a weekly basis, with additional items collected as part of the recycling such as batteries, small electrical items and textiles. The council is also reviewing its current offensive waste service provided.
“While three weeks may seem like a lengthy collection of residential waste, there are improvements to be made in the way that we recycle. Currently only 54 percent of waste is recycled. The Council will now procure the equipment it requires for the new service – such as boxes and vehicles – using the capital grant from Welsh Government.
“The community engagement process will also begin, there will be teams of staff talking to the public about the service change and dealing with any problems that residents may want to discuss.”