Torfaen waste options rejected

South Wales Argus: Torfaen waste options rejected Torfaen waste options rejected

CONTROVERSIAL plans which could see black bags collected once a month in Torfaen have been rejected until more information is provided.

Torfaen council is undertaking a review of its residual waste collections ahead of a public consultation and the report will be the subject of a scrutiny committee.

At the pre-agenda meeting for the cleaner communities overview and scrutiny committee meeting last week, the report was formally rejected. discussed.

The report was formally rejected as scrutiny members requested further information on how the three options were reached and the criteria used.

Members also requested the projected performance information, details on coverage, the sustainability of the proposed options and the treatment of absorbent hygiene product bags.

From 2015/16 recycling targets in Wales will increase from 52 per cent to 58 per cent, with councils fined in the region of £100,000 for every one per cent they fall below the line.

Torfaen currently recycles 52 per cent of its waste, meaning that if its performance remains at current levels it will face an annual fine of £600,000.

The council is currently investigating three options designed to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, including

The options include maintaining a fortnightly collection with a smaller black wheelie bin, a fortnightly collection of two refuse bags per household, or moving to a monthly collection using the existing 240L black wheelie bin.

With all options, Allowances will be made for the collection of additional waste at Christmas and New Year, and a dedicated collection for nappies will be available.

Recycling collections will continue to operate as normal.

But residents believe that families could not cope with the reduced service.

Elizabeth Brown from Abersychan called the proposals “ridiculous”.

She said: “Families will be affected the most. You can recycle a lot but we are not at the level where you can reduce the black bag collections as people are only just adapting.”

Ian Gilbert, from Pontypool, who lives with his wife and their four children, believes that if waste bin collections get reduced then there will be an increase in fly tipping.

The council plan to carry out public consultation towards the end of April/beginning of May.

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:21pm Mon 14 Apr 14

hissartist says...

The amount of physical rubbish will not disappear overnight, so where is it supposed to go. Instead of dumping this problem of achieving these targets at the feet of house holders, get lobbying the supermarkets and shops that flood the market place with packaging that is not suitable for recycling. Then if they don't comply, pass the 600K fine on to them.
The amount of physical rubbish will not disappear overnight, so where is it supposed to go. Instead of dumping this problem of achieving these targets at the feet of house holders, get lobbying the supermarkets and shops that flood the market place with packaging that is not suitable for recycling. Then if they don't comply, pass the 600K fine on to them. hissartist
  • Score: 11

7:14pm Mon 14 Apr 14

BobMJeffries says...

So where we be able to dispose of our rubbish? Not collecting it won't make it magically disappear!
Housholders actually create very little of the waste that needs tp be disposed of, the vast majority of it is passed to us by the supermarkets and other large retailers in the form of excessive packaging, often used as a form of marketing or in the case of on-line retailers in the form of standardised and oversized transport boxes.
Until the retailers are forced to minimise the waste they produce there is little point in punishing householders who have so little say in the amount of waste they have to dispose of, you will simply breed resentment and increase fly tipping, our rubbish has to go somewhere!
So where we be able to dispose of our rubbish? Not collecting it won't make it magically disappear! Housholders actually create very little of the waste that needs tp be disposed of, the vast majority of it is passed to us by the supermarkets and other large retailers in the form of excessive packaging, often used as a form of marketing or in the case of on-line retailers in the form of standardised and oversized transport boxes. Until the retailers are forced to minimise the waste they produce there is little point in punishing householders who have so little say in the amount of waste they have to dispose of, you will simply breed resentment and increase fly tipping, our rubbish has to go somewhere! BobMJeffries
  • Score: 5

8:06am Tue 15 Apr 14

indy2012 says...

The system we have for collecting our rubbish must remain.We have had an increase in the rat problem since our rubbish went to fortnightly collections, rats in recycling bins, cardboard sacks and it doesn't take them long to get into the waste food bins, anything over the fortnightly collections will be a disaster.
The Welsh Assembly give us statistics on everything...... We are told to build more affordable housing within Torfaen, we comply thus creating more refuge, it's no more than a never ending circle of incompetence by both the Welsh Assembly and our local council.
I suppose we are all to blame, we voted in this load of muppets.
The system we have for collecting our rubbish must remain.We have had an increase in the rat problem since our rubbish went to fortnightly collections, rats in recycling bins, cardboard sacks and it doesn't take them long to get into the waste food bins, anything over the fortnightly collections will be a disaster. The Welsh Assembly give us statistics on everything...... We are told to build more affordable housing within Torfaen, we comply thus creating more refuge, it's no more than a never ending circle of incompetence by both the Welsh Assembly and our local council. I suppose we are all to blame, we voted in this load of muppets. indy2012
  • Score: 7

7:46pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Valrep says...

Why does it appear that commercial premises are excluded from sorting their rubbish. I know of many offices in the borough that only have a general collection. Surely if these were brought in line then Torfaen could easily surpass the targets.
Why does it appear that commercial premises are excluded from sorting their rubbish. I know of many offices in the borough that only have a general collection. Surely if these were brought in line then Torfaen could easily surpass the targets. Valrep
  • Score: 2

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree