Fortnightly collections have led to recycling rate increase

Fortnightly collections have led to recycling rate increase

Fortnightly collections have led to recycling rate increase

First published in News from around the county

Recycling rates in Pembrokeshire have increased by nearly 10% since the introduction of fortnightly kerbside black bag collection, county councillors will hear today (Thursday).

On October 14th last year black bag collections changed from weekly to fortnightly for most Pembrokeshire households. Only 3,422 properties in the county, including those on the Mount Estate, Pembroke’s Main Street and some properties within the walls of Tenby, still have weekly black bag collections.

Figures released to Pembrokeshire County Council’s overview and scrutiny committee reveal that there has been an overall increase in recycling form 58.97% in the first quarter of 2012/13 to 68.7% in the first quarter of 2013/14.

The report reveals that there has been a 16% increase in orange bag tonnage and a 12% increase in food waste tonnage. However the amount of black bags taken to civic amenity sites has also increased by 13%.

The report concedes that when the scheme was launched there was an increase in street litter and fly tipping, however fly tipping levels are back to usual levels and street cleanliness is now better than pre-fortnightly levels.

However weekly accumulation of black bags remains a problem in some areas of the county , “mainly connected with social housing areas” in Pembroke Dock, Hakin, and Milford Haven and Monkton.

The report adds that although there was initial concern about hygiene waste from members of the public this “quickly abated” and now averages one query a month.

Based on the current figures the report estimates that an extra 2000 tonnes of waste per year will end up being recycled rather than in landfill. This is broken down to 937 tonnes of orange bag waste, 173 tonnes of glass recycling, and 936 tonnes of food recycling.

However, the report concludes that there is still more work to do; 26% of the average black bag contents is food waste, while 17% are materials that could be placed in orange bags, a further 20% could potentially be recycled if the council could find sustainable long term markets for materials such as plastic film and plastic packaging.

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10:49am Thu 4 Sep 14

Cymru bach says...

Rubbish!
Rubbish! Cymru bach
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1:27pm Thu 4 Sep 14

mayday says...

A year on and I still don't understand why I get to keep my 'dirty' black bag waste for two weeks (or a month if I forget the collection) but my clean stuff in orange bags goes every week.
A year on and I still don't understand why I get to keep my 'dirty' black bag waste for two weeks (or a month if I forget the collection) but my clean stuff in orange bags goes every week. mayday
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3:48pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Tttoommy says...

lies, damned lies and PCC statistics


( as supplied by thepcc ppl who are always so honest and truthful about everything)
lies, damned lies and PCC statistics ( as supplied by thepcc ppl who are always so honest and truthful about everything) Tttoommy
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4:10pm Thu 4 Sep 14

KeanJo says...

I've noticed a lot more flies too.
I've noticed a lot more flies too. KeanJo
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10:31am Fri 5 Sep 14

Welshman23 says...

What a lt of propaganda, please answer the following questions.
How do you work out your figures.
If you reduce the black bin collection recycling will increase.
Are you able to supply figures how many more people are visiting the refuse collection centres and dumping their waste, my information from a reliable source is that the number of visitors is up by 20%, check your vehicle registration system. If this is correct we are not saving the planet but increasing the problem with vehicle emissions.
And finally if you want to increase recycling then accept orange bags in the collection centres. I live in Cardiff they accept the recycling bags and it's a great success.
Perhaps Councillor George could reply with accurate facts, as I am sure our comments are being looked at by someone in the Kremlin.
On a serious note how is BPJ in his leave of absence.
What a lt of propaganda, please answer the following questions. How do you work out your figures. If you reduce the black bin collection recycling will increase. Are you able to supply figures how many more people are visiting the refuse collection centres and dumping their waste, my information from a reliable source is that the number of visitors is up by 20%, check your vehicle registration system. If this is correct we are not saving the planet but increasing the problem with vehicle emissions. And finally if you want to increase recycling then accept orange bags in the collection centres. I live in Cardiff they accept the recycling bags and it's a great success. Perhaps Councillor George could reply with accurate facts, as I am sure our comments are being looked at by someone in the Kremlin. On a serious note how is BPJ in his leave of absence. Welshman23
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10:51am Fri 5 Sep 14

keithg1605 says...

Come on give this council a break and give credit when its due, any increase in recycling rates is good and should be applauded, not only are we saving valuable resources by recycling we are sending less to landfill which in turn means we are paying less landfill tax as a council which will help keep our council tax bills lower for longer.
Come on give this council a break and give credit when its due, any increase in recycling rates is good and should be applauded, not only are we saving valuable resources by recycling we are sending less to landfill which in turn means we are paying less landfill tax as a council which will help keep our council tax bills lower for longer. keithg1605
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2:10pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Tttoommy says...

I see the PCC liar is voting common sense down, you'll not be able to do that soon as you'll be in jail!
I see the PCC liar is voting common sense down, you'll not be able to do that soon as you'll be in jail! Tttoommy
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9:36pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Welshman23 says...

keithg1605 wrote:
Come on give this council a break and give credit when its due, any increase in recycling rates is good and should be applauded, not only are we saving valuable resources by recycling we are sending less to landfill which in turn means we are paying less landfill tax as a council which will help keep our council tax bills lower for longer.
Welcome are you new to this blog, with all the goings on in the Kremlin increasing recycling is a drop in the ocean with the amount of your money they are wasting.
At least you have the backbone to air your views well done.
[quote][p][bold]keithg1605[/bold] wrote: Come on give this council a break and give credit when its due, any increase in recycling rates is good and should be applauded, not only are we saving valuable resources by recycling we are sending less to landfill which in turn means we are paying less landfill tax as a council which will help keep our council tax bills lower for longer.[/p][/quote]Welcome are you new to this blog, with all the goings on in the Kremlin increasing recycling is a drop in the ocean with the amount of your money they are wasting. At least you have the backbone to air your views well done. Welshman23
  • Score: -2
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