Monthly rubbish collection on cards for Torfaen

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RUBBISH collections in Torfaen could switch to once a month if new proposals get the go ahead.

Households in the borough could also see the number of rubbish bags collected by the council capped at four per month under an alternative plan.

Torfaen council is undertaking a review of its residual waste collections ahead of a public consultation.

From 2015/16, recycling targets in Wales will increase from 52 per cent to 58 per cent, with councils fined in the region of £100,000 for every 1 per cent they fall below the line.

Councils must reach recycling rates of 70 per cent by 2025.

Torfaen currently recycles 52 per cent of its waste, meaning that if its performance remains at current levels it will face an annual fine of £600,000.

The council is currently investigating three options designed to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

The options include maintaining a fortnightly collection with a smaller black wheelie bin, a fortnightly collection of two refuse bags per household, or moving to a monthly collection using the existing 240-litre black wheelie bin.

Allowances will be made for the collection of additional waste at Christmas and New Year and a dedicated collection for nappies and recycling collections will continue to operate as normal.

The executive member for neighbourhood services, cllr John Cunningham, said: “We have to make reductions in the amount of waste we are sending to landfill and although we have introduced collections for green waste, food and cardboard, recycling rates have only risen by around 9 per cent in the last five years.

“This is simply not enough and as well as improving our recycling services, as we have done recently with extended plastic collections, like other councils across Wales we are going to have to restrict the amount of residual waste we collect.”

The report will be the subject of a scrutiny committee on April 3.

The council will then carry out public consultation towards the end of April/beginning of May.

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9:58pm Wed 26 Mar 14

bugsy93 says...

Torfaen Council need to change it's management structure to deal effectively with reducing landfill costs.Gross incompetency is already commonplace within this Council and reducing bin collections is not the answer.
Householders should consider withholding council tax payments or depositing their rubbish outside the civic centre if this goes ahead.
We are paying our taxes for having these services provided, not just to furnish these endless number of executives and heads of departments to live lavish lifestyles with obscene salaries.
Torfaen Council need to change it's management structure to deal effectively with reducing landfill costs.Gross incompetency is already commonplace within this Council and reducing bin collections is not the answer. Householders should consider withholding council tax payments or depositing their rubbish outside the civic centre if this goes ahead. We are paying our taxes for having these services provided, not just to furnish these endless number of executives and heads of departments to live lavish lifestyles with obscene salaries. bugsy93
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10:14am Sun 30 Mar 14

Silver Howe says...

Monthly bin collections might reduce Torfaen's costs but at the expense of a massive proliferation of fly-tipping, significant inconvenience to households and a higher risk of disease due to flies and vermin around uncollected rubbish. Torfaen councillors need to think long and hard before subjecting the community to such a regime - and also be prepared to loose their seats in council if peoples see their lives being adversely affected by such penny-pinching tactics. The health & safety of the community must come first - always - so it's a no from me on the idea of monthly collections!
Monthly bin collections might reduce Torfaen's costs but at the expense of a massive proliferation of fly-tipping, significant inconvenience to households and a higher risk of disease due to flies and vermin around uncollected rubbish. Torfaen councillors need to think long and hard before subjecting the community to such a regime - and also be prepared to loose their seats in council if peoples see their lives being adversely affected by such penny-pinching tactics. The health & safety of the community must come first - always - so it's a no from me on the idea of monthly collections! Silver Howe
  • Score: 1

10:48am Wed 2 Apr 14

honestmike says...

where is this council going first we had shutting the toilets when you had busy villages like abersychan griffiyhstown pontnewydd old cwmbran then it was take the park keepers out and leave the parks to decline also let the bowlers look after the bowling greens which is a very skilled job no doubt the people who made this decision have never done this type of work then take some crossing patrol ladies redundant and now to top it all they are thinking of monthly refuse collections if they are so hell bent on saving money take a look at your departments first
where is this council going first we had shutting the toilets when you had busy villages like abersychan griffiyhstown pontnewydd old cwmbran then it was take the park keepers out and leave the parks to decline also let the bowlers look after the bowling greens which is a very skilled job no doubt the people who made this decision have never done this type of work then take some crossing patrol ladies redundant and now to top it all they are thinking of monthly refuse collections if they are so hell bent on saving money take a look at your departments first honestmike
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