SWANSEA'S new three-black-bag limit is working, according to council bosses.
They say in the first two weeks 125 tonnes less waste was sent to the tip — the equivalent in weight of the space shuttle and all its fuel.
Last month Swansea Council introduced a three-bag limit for the amount of household black bag rubbish residents can put out for collection in a bid to increase recycling.
If people put more than three black bags out they can face a visit from recycling officers and if they persistently break the rules they could be fined.
Cabinet member for place June Burtonshaw said: "Residents should be proud of their efforts during the first two weeks. The black bag limit was introduced because we have to reduce how much black bag waste we are sending to landfill.
"So far, we are achieving our aim. This should also mean that residents are using our kerbside recycling services as an alternative way of disposing of household waste."
All councils in Wales must recycle 58 per cent of waste collected by 2016. In Swansea, the figure is currently just over 52 per cent.
Councils are also dealing with cutting landfill allowances, which mean a sharp reduction in the amount of rubbish that can be dumped each year.
Mrs Burtonshaw added: "Councils will be charged for every tonne over their landfill allowance so we need to recycle more."
The figures come as Gwynedd Council announced that from October it would only collect black bin bags every three weeks. It will be the first council in Wales to use such a system. Black bags are collected every other week in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire. Swansea Council stressed there were no plans to switch to three weekly collections.