Neath Port Talbot Council has introduced a black bag presentation area at its Briton Ferry Household Waste and Recycling Centre.
Under the new arrangement, residents arriving at the centre with black bags or general waste will be asked to remove recyclable items – so users of the centre are being asked to sort their waste before bringing it.
An earlier black bag presentation area has already been successfully introduced at the Council’s Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Cymmer.
Bags taken to waste and recycling centres should be separated beforehand but analysis shows more than 60% of the contents contain materials that could actually be recycled.
Experience of black bag presentation areas in neighbouring counties has shown these dramatically increase recycling rates.
The presentation areas are part of a range of changes being brought in to ensure the Council meets tough recycling targets set by the Welsh Government requiring us all to recycle 64% of waste by 2019/20 and 70% by 2025.
People in Neath Port Talbot currently recycle just over 60% of their waste – helping make Wales the fourth highest recycling country in the world (according to the latest figures from Eunomia Research and Consulting).
Other changes in the run up to April 1st 2019 – when the 64% target begins – include:
- Changing the way green waste is collected from the current single use plastic bags to re-usable sacks.
- Implementation and enforcement of the new “no side waste” rule, which means no black bags can be left alongside wheelie bins. In black sack areas the number of bags will be limited to three.
- A major drive to cut food waste by encouraging greater use of food recycling caddies (as food is by far the biggest category of waste people fail to recycle).
Cllr Ted Latham, Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Engineering said:
“There are a wide variety of changes planned to ensure we in Neath Port Talbot do our bit to keep Wales among the world leaders in recycling.
“Regarding the introduction of a black bag presentation area in Briton Ferry, please make sure there are no recyclable materials in your black bags before disposing of them in skips at the centre.
“You need to remove recyclable materials like glass, paper, cardboard, tins and plastic from your bags before bringing them to the site – where operatives will give help if needed.”
“Recycling saves energy and water, lowers pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, improves air and water quality, preserves landfill space and conserves natural resources. It also helps prevent plastics polluting and killing wildlife in our precious oceans and rivers.
“The whole world is recycling more – with Wales helping lead the way.”
To help increase recycling, Neath Port Talbot Council is also planning an expansion of the Re-Use shop in Briton Ferry due for completion in the New Year where a host of unwanted treasures like TVs, furniture, gym equipment, tea sets etc can be bought at bargain prices.
The authority will also be introducing more recycling litter bins in town centres and other high footfall areas like parks in the coming months.
Please go to www.npt.gov.uk/getsorted for more information about the changes