Three-week black bin collection plan in Welsh council


The council said the changes would save money and help the environment

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Three-weekly collections for black bag rubbish have been approved by a Welsh council for the first time.

The new system approved by Gwynedd council will start in certain areas in October.

The council said its weekly kerbside recycling and food collection services justified the three-week system.

Gwynedd is thought to be the second council in the UK to introduce household rubbish collections every three weeks, after Falkirk in Scotland.

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The days of throwing things in a hole in the ground have passed, we want people to recycle more”

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The council currently collects rubbish fortnightly.

The collections will change in the Dwyfor area in October, followed by Meirionnydd and Arfon in 2015.

Doretta Cocks, who runs the Campaign for Weekly Waste Collections, said: "It's absolutely ridiculous. I feel so sorry for the residents affected.

"Can you imagine what it will be like over the summer months? It's bad enough with fortnightly collections. The bins will be full of maggots."

Ms Cocks, who says she has 30,000 members across the UK, said she thought the move to introduce three-weekly collections in October was "deliberate" to avoid the potential of an immediate backlash over the summer months.

She added: "Other councils will certainly try and follow this. It'll be monthly collections next."

A report to Gwynedd council's cabinet committee said reducing the collection service would save about £350,000 annually and reduce landfill waste.

Councillor Gareth Roberts, member of the cabinet committee with responsibility for the environment, said the decision takes on board concerns raised by some of the 2,500 people who had taken part in a consultation exercise.

He said nappies and clinical waste could be collected more regularly and those with large families of over six could ask for a larger bin.

"The days of throwing things in a hole in the ground have passed," said Cllr Roberts.

"We want people to recycle more."

Welsh assembly shadow environment minister Russell George said: "Overflowing and festering bins caused by less frequent collections will increase fly-tipping, encourage vermin and other pests and litter Welsh streets."


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    Comment number 163.

    I don't think the Councillors we end up with can run a tap never mind a government department.

    When can we get people in who have experience running things instead of these bozos?

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    Comment number 162.

    Our area recycle 1 week, normal rubbish 2nd. Plenty of recycle points around the town all within 5-10 minutes walk & the same for the rest of the Borough. Streets cleaned once a week, town centre every day. Businesses on the up because it looks like people care about the place = more revenue for the council to spend on other things without council tax going up. Not hard really, if you're sensible.

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    Comment number 161.

    Love comments about that this move will make those lazy recycle more. Not so simple, Keep it real some of the non recyled wrappings/rubbish will attract vermim or other animals. Councils dont provide bins to all areas. Bags are the cheapest and each household has its different waste depending on circumstances. Some councils have withdrawn routine pest control, so RATS rules

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    Comment number 160.

    157 RC

    £1 in 3 that you pay in council tax goes towards their local guvnt pension problems. Because that is fixed cuts in real income squeeze budgets for services. It is reasonable that rubbish is collected promptly, Just like it is reasonable that public toilets are provided, which some councils in Wales are trying to wriggle out of. Health issue

    158 J

    I agree packaging has to be cut at source

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    Comment number 159.

    When does all this compulsory larking about with our rubbish cease being a slight nuisance, and become compulsory employment ?

    As all this DIY rubbish nonsense takes up OUR time and effort. May I suggest that we are paid £5 for each one hour a week that we spend carrying out work for the council?

    One year would each earn us £260 pa

    This could be deducted from our exorbitant council tax


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