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Have Your Say: Black bag plan needs more thought

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

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I HEAR that councils are going to restrict houses with three black bags for disposal except large families. This has been calculated at people who segregate all the types of waste. As there is a high percentage of people who do not comply with segregation how will this work?

Are we going to have a residue of black bags flooding the streets. I live in a two-person house and do segregate as I have time to do it as I've retired.

There are many factors why people don't segregate (it is time consuming). The council should think things out before acting.

Mr Williams

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  • 3l1zab3th  |  February 26 2014, 9:54PM

    bennyhill4 it's not time consuming, if you sort it as you use it, therefore as calamitykay says, put it into a coloured bag. The only additional thing, is that you have to wash the items, but I wash ours with our dishes after the meal & when they're dried I put them in the correct bag. The only thing I would like to see, is recycling bins introduced around here, instead of the plastic bags. The plastic bags use space. I long since bought a towered recycling item, so three recycling bags, can be used on the floor space required for one, in my small extension/washroom. I'd like to use that space for other things, some time, but that is where outside bins would be handy. System's I've heard, that you can fix a bag on to & hang from, are in some shops. If they're meant for outside use, I could imagine how they'd blow around, particularly when only partly filled, ie after they've recently been fitted, 1 or 2 tins isn't going to weigh a bag down in the wind.... 'Rattle, rattle in the wind.' Bins would also save the streets being littered with recycling bags (for plastic particularly) on rubbish collection days. The bags that are blown & bounce around, break, then the rubbish goes everywhere, again something it couldn't do in a wheely bin. Calamitykay I'm waiting to see how some of my street cope with this restriction, as some have 10 - 12 black bags outside their home on black bag week. My house, admittedly there are only two living here now, never put more than 1 black bag out a fortnight & that could be squashed down more if space was needed. I however fear people dumping their bags outside another's house. I don't want to find myself landed with someone else's rubbish, particularly if it's got general waste in & therefore gets ripped open by wildlife. We'll wait & see what restriction change brings. I appreciate people can take their extra black bags to the tip after this date, but if they can't be bothered to recycle, they're unlikely to bother travelling to the tip with extra black bags.

  • calamitykay  |  February 01 2014, 11:26PM

    I have 3 bins in my kitchen, a grey one for general waste and a pink and green laundry basket that I now use for recycling, each with it's respective colour bag in. It has made life so much easier, quicker and less hassle than before. As a working mum it annoys me that many on my street who are home all day and on benefits cannot 'be bothered' to make the effort to sort their rubbish out.

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  • bennyhill4  |  January 14 2014, 9:51AM

    How is it time consuming? It takes the same time to put a plastic bottle or tin can in the appropriate colour bag as it does to put it in a black bag

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