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125 tonnes less waste sent to tip in first three weeks of Swansea black bag limit

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 02, 2014

By Nick Parry / nicholas.parry@swwmedia.co.uk / @journalnick

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The first two weeks of the new black bag limit has stopped the equivalent in weight of a space shuttle and all its fuel going to landfill.

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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.

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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.

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  • 3l1zab3th  |  May 09 2014, 12:56PM

    Just walked past an elderly residents house, his green bin is out, him having obviously forgotten collections are a day later this week, due to the bank holiday. I thought he'd undoubtedly got the collection weeks mixed up & thinks it green bags this week, so went & knocked on his door to correct him. He'd not got the weeks mixed up at all, he told me, all the tin go in the green bag, as does paper/card, my food waste goes in my green bin, which is out & I've barely anything else left. No need to put a black bag out. If an elderly Gent can get used to this new system, why are the younger folk, who should find adapting easier, complaining so much. I said 'very well done,' to the Gent, for participating in the recycling properly & it's got to be a lesson to those unwilling people out there, that it can be done.

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  • Zoomer  |  May 04 2014, 6:06PM

    The 125 tonnes has probably been fly tipped somewhere !

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  • Hadoken754333  |  May 04 2014, 10:02AM

    So racist, all the colours in the world and you make bin bags black. I know why, because you associate bad things with black people. This is our country now and we're going to take it over and politically assassinate you for your past. Its coming.

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  • lancelot69  |  May 03 2014, 11:34PM

    how much more busy are the tips? and what is the increase in fly-tipping?

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  • apharold  |  May 03 2014, 1:40PM

    I expect the difference is due to more illegal dumping, all this twaddle about less? How come? These councilors out watching what people are doing and counting bags?

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  • BreadJules  |  May 02 2014, 2:38PM

    Rubbish propaganda!!!

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  • Neathboy234  |  May 02 2014, 2:25PM

    It just goes to show that change can be brought about and that includes changing people minds and attitudes. Well done Swansea council

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  • swanseagraham  |  May 02 2014, 2:10PM

    There's 125 tonnes left at the side of the road with stickers on

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  • wyeiphoneman  |  May 02 2014, 1:23PM

    @carl09 - in the councils coffers as they get money for all that recycling material.

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  • Carl09  |  May 02 2014, 1:07PM

    The story should be '125 tonnes more recycling'. So.. just where are those 125 tonnes?

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