‘No council support for recycling’ says Newport resident

‘No council support for recycling’ says Newport resident

Pictured outside his home on Cardiff Road is Alan Purnell, who recently took delivery of the new cardboard recycling bag to replace what was before the Orange lidded wheelie bin. Alan is angry over the small sized recycling bag to hold a weeks worth of c

Pictured outside his home on Cardiff Road is Alan Purnell, who recently took delivery of the new cardboard recycling bag to replace what was before the Orange lidded wheelie bin. Alan is angry over the small sized recycling bag to hold a weeks worth of c

Pictured outside his home on Cardiff Road is Alan Purnell, who recently took delivery of the new cardboard recycling bag to replace what was before the Orange lidded wheelie bin. Alan is angry over the small sized recycling bag to hold a weeks worth of c

NEW SYSTEM: The cardboard recycling bag is now to be used instead of the orange lidded wheelie bin which is just for garden waste

‘No council support for recycling’ says Newport resident

‘No council support for recycling’ says Newport resident

First published in News

A NEWPORT resident has accused the council of “not encouraging” people to recycle after they changed their collection policy.

Alan Purnell, 67, from Cardiff Road, is unhappy that a small canvas bag must now used to recycle, whereas much bigger orange-lidded bins were used previously.

He doesn’t believe it allows him to recycle everything he wishes to and has criticised the council for their lack of engagement with public concerns.

“The council don’t seem to have a plan in place,” said Mr Purnell.

“The bag they have provided is small, unsightly and doesn’t allow for adequate recycling.

“As well as this, they are unhygienic as I’ve left them outside for collection and have returned to find dogs walking past have urinated all over them.

“I was told I could recycle by taking it to designated places but that’s impossible for me and others with similar complaints to do that.

“The council don’t seem to listen to any feedback or thoughts from residents about their policy.”

New laws were introduced recently that prevent garden waste being collected with cardboard recycling.

But Mr Purnell believes that separate bins of the same size should have been provided to encourage people to recycle.

He added: “I’ve been recycling for years now but there doesn’t seem to be any support to help us from the council.

“It leads to people throwing items that could be recycled into general waste which shouldn’t be happening.

“The bags are a nuisance as well as unhygienic so something needs to be done.”

A Newport City Council spokesperson said: “A new system for cardboard recycling has been introduced because new legislation means that we will no longer be able to collect cardboard mixed with garden waste.

“Heavy duty bags for cardboard are now being introduced across the city while garden waste will still be collected in the orange-lidded bins.

Newport Council appreciates the support of residents in its drive to maximise recycling for the sake of the environment as well as to meet stringent targets.”

If anyone would like more information and advice about recycling then you can call 01633 656656.

People can also find more information and lists of recyclable materials online at www.newport.gov.uk/recycling

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4:09pm Mon 20 Jan 14

SussyW says...

Guess I wont be recycling as much as I do now then. Because I am NOT keeping 2 weeks worth of cardboard in my house! Total nonsense!
Guess I wont be recycling as much as I do now then. Because I am NOT keeping 2 weeks worth of cardboard in my house! Total nonsense! SussyW
  • Score: 15

4:36pm Mon 20 Jan 14

t03knee says...

So wait, let me get this straight in my mind, our recycling boxes go missing all too easily, and they are bulky and easy to spot if you have one on you, but now we are using a plastic blow away bag for cardboard, I am sure that when it is full it will withstand the wind and the gales that we get, but where will it be placed once it is empty? Really can't see this being a good idea.
So wait, let me get this straight in my mind, our recycling boxes go missing all too easily, and they are bulky and easy to spot if you have one on you, but now we are using a plastic blow away bag for cardboard, I am sure that when it is full it will withstand the wind and the gales that we get, but where will it be placed once it is empty? Really can't see this being a good idea. t03knee
  • Score: 17

4:47pm Mon 20 Jan 14

whatintheworld says...

just to play devils advocate here-

do we want to spend literally twice as much on recycling bins (the gentleman wants two orange-lidded bins) just to save us dealing with the "nuisance" that is smaller bags?

they're smaller, but cardboard has this magical property where it can be folded to fit.

and finally, the bags cant be held responsible for dogs urinating...


just want to point out i agree with the sentiment of the story (smaller bags will lead to less recycling), but it comes down to cash at the end of the day
just to play devils advocate here- do we want to spend literally twice as much on recycling bins (the gentleman wants two orange-lidded bins) just to save us dealing with the "nuisance" that is smaller bags? they're smaller, but cardboard has this magical property where it can be folded to fit. and finally, the bags cant be held responsible for dogs urinating... just want to point out i agree with the sentiment of the story (smaller bags will lead to less recycling), but it comes down to cash at the end of the day whatintheworld
  • Score: -4

5:22pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Casnewydd lad says...

Fly tipping it is then
Fly tipping it is then Casnewydd lad
  • Score: 6

6:35pm Mon 20 Jan 14

blackandamber says...

Casnewydd lad wrote:
Fly tipping it is then
The biggest cause of fly tipping IS the recycling centre when they seem to put every obstacle in your way to prevent you from recycling.
[quote][p][bold]Casnewydd lad[/bold] wrote: Fly tipping it is then[/p][/quote]The biggest cause of fly tipping IS the recycling centre when they seem to put every obstacle in your way to prevent you from recycling. blackandamber
  • Score: 9

7:53pm Mon 20 Jan 14

ms73sp says...

We have a two year old baby and the vast majority of our household waste that goes in to the green household waste bin. We currently have the larger bin and at present, with the bin collection due on Wednesday, it is as good as full. That means that even with the amount that we normally put out for recycling which is all our plastic, glass and cans the smaller green bin will not be enough. I have been told that because a) we are not a family of 6 or more ( we are a family of 5), we can't have the larger bin and b) we do not have two children in nappies (we have one) we can't have our nappies collected separately. Live 10 miles east in Monmouthshire and your nappies can be collected whether you have 1 or more.
Do'nt get me wrong, I strongly support recycling and our plastic, glass, paper, cardboard, cans and garden rubbish are all out when collection day comes....but the support should also be there for families when it is needed.
We have a two year old baby and the vast majority of our household waste that goes in to the green household waste bin. We currently have the larger bin and at present, with the bin collection due on Wednesday, it is as good as full. That means that even with the amount that we normally put out for recycling which is all our plastic, glass and cans the smaller green bin will not be enough. I have been told that because a) we are not a family of 6 or more ( we are a family of 5), we can't have the larger bin and b) we do not have two children in nappies (we have one) we can't have our nappies collected separately. Live 10 miles east in Monmouthshire and your nappies can be collected whether you have 1 or more. Do'nt get me wrong, I strongly support recycling and our plastic, glass, paper, cardboard, cans and garden rubbish are all out when collection day comes....but the support should also be there for families when it is needed. ms73sp
  • Score: 4

8:16pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Riley2012 says...

We have the cardboard bag in Pontypool. Goes out once a fortnight no problem, sometimes only once a month. If you break the boxes down they all fit, if not sit on it.
We have the cardboard bag in Pontypool. Goes out once a fortnight no problem, sometimes only once a month. If you break the boxes down they all fit, if not sit on it. Riley2012
  • Score: 2

8:27pm Mon 20 Jan 14

whatintheworld says...

Riley2012 wrote:
We have the cardboard bag in Pontypool. Goes out once a fortnight no problem, sometimes only once a month. If you break the boxes down they all fit, if not sit on it.
some people would prefer you go round and do it for them
[quote][p][bold]Riley2012[/bold] wrote: We have the cardboard bag in Pontypool. Goes out once a fortnight no problem, sometimes only once a month. If you break the boxes down they all fit, if not sit on it.[/p][/quote]some people would prefer you go round and do it for them whatintheworld
  • Score: 8

8:42pm Mon 20 Jan 14

newport res says...

I have recycled voluntarily from the start but I now object to being forced into it by having a smaller bin & the fortnightly collections. This extra new cardboard bag is the last straw for me - 5 different boxes to sort my rubbish into is not on - it isn't at all practical, it isn't a user friendly set up and it is time consuming. It is now an inconvenience. I am no longer recycling anything and forcing it into my small bin and what doesn't fit in one week will wait until the next collection.
I have recycled voluntarily from the start but I now object to being forced into it by having a smaller bin & the fortnightly collections. This extra new cardboard bag is the last straw for me - 5 different boxes to sort my rubbish into is not on - it isn't at all practical, it isn't a user friendly set up and it is time consuming. It is now an inconvenience. I am no longer recycling anything and forcing it into my small bin and what doesn't fit in one week will wait until the next collection. newport res
  • Score: 0

12:37pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Dottys Nan says...

Where exactly are we meant to keep all these separate containers We live in a small 2 bed semi with a small garden We already have 4 different bins and containers The council want us all to do our bit well I thought I was For at least 3 years I had a carrier bag hung up on the back of my kitchen door that I was putting all my loose bits of plastic in ie crisp packets, biscuit wrappers ,yoghurt pot lids and the like mainly to stop them being blown about The bag was always full on collection day I had even managed to persuade the grandkids to do it This was collected every week without fail by Wastesavers Out of the blue the bag was being left in the box When I asked the collectors why they said they were no longer allowed to take them After many phone calls to the council and Wastesavers it appears they do not have the facilities to recycle soft plastic like this I was told by both parties to put in the bin to go to the tip That at least 52 bags of plastic going to the tip from 1 household alone Ive got nothing else to say except I TRIED
Where exactly are we meant to keep all these separate containers We live in a small 2 bed semi with a small garden We already have 4 different bins and containers The council want us all to do our bit well I thought I was For at least 3 years I had a carrier bag hung up on the back of my kitchen door that I was putting all my loose bits of plastic in ie crisp packets, biscuit wrappers ,yoghurt pot lids and the like mainly to stop them being blown about The bag was always full on collection day I had even managed to persuade the grandkids to do it This was collected every week without fail by Wastesavers Out of the blue the bag was being left in the box When I asked the collectors why they said they were no longer allowed to take them After many phone calls to the council and Wastesavers it appears they do not have the facilities to recycle soft plastic like this I was told by both parties to put in the bin to go to the tip That at least 52 bags of plastic going to the tip from 1 household alone Ive got nothing else to say except I TRIED Dottys Nan
  • Score: 2

2:07pm Wed 22 Jan 14

fieldsof fields says...

My understanding is that you could only ever recycle "raw" cardboard in the orange-lidded bins anyway, so the new bag allows you to chuck it all in.
My understanding is that you could only ever recycle "raw" cardboard in the orange-lidded bins anyway, so the new bag allows you to chuck it all in. fieldsof fields
  • Score: -1

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