South West Wales

Swansea black bin bag limit sees 700 tonne collection drop

The amount of black rubbish bags collected in Swansea has been cut by 700 tonnes year-on-year in the first month since residents were restricted to putting out three bags a fortnight.

Swansea council introduced the scheme in April in a bid to recycle an extra 7,000 tonnes a year if it is to meet a Wales-wide target of 58% by 2016.

It currently recycles 52% of what is thrown out and from 2016 will be fined £200 for every tonne under the target.

Few households put too many bags out.

Chris Howell, the authority's head of waste said: "It has been great to see how well local residents have embraced the campaign.

"There have been very few occasions on which we've had to issue stickers to a small number of people who have been over the limit."

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