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South Wales councils: Coronavirus bin collections


Councils in south Wales have revealed what’s happening with their bin collections in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Across Wales and the UK councils are having to strip back or even stop some services to move staff to priority services to cope during the outbreak.

So what’s the situation with rubbish collection services in these parts of south Wales?

In the Vale of Glamorgan, in order to continue collecting recycling, food and black bag waste as normal, the council has temporarily suspended the collection of green waste.

The council says it is encouraging residents to continue to recycle as much as possible, but will allow up to four black bags per household each fortnight.

In Cardiff, green garden waste and bulky waste collections have been suspended and a trial to separate glass waste for 17,000 homes has been suspended with residents asked to put glass in their green bags.

Household waste recycling centres have closed due to UK Government advice but green bag recycling, black bag and food waste collections are currently unchanged.

A spokeswoman for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said: “In these unprecedented times, the council has turned its focus to the delivery of essential front line services only, redirecting staff from other areas of work to support critical services.

“All recycling and black bag/bin kerbside collections are currently operating as normal, with the exception of green waste, which has been suspended until further notice to enable all resources to be deployed into the main recycling and waste collections.”

Currently, dry mixed recycling is collected weekly as are food waste and nappies with black bags and wheelie bins.

 The spokesman went on to say: “The council is reviewing the impact of coronavirus on a daily basis, in response to the latest government advice or instructions or as a result of reducing staff resources.

 “We will continue to react as appropriate to any further developments in the instructions issued by Westminster and the Welsh Government.”

In Bridgend, general waste, recycling and garden collection services are currently continuing as normal.

A spokesman for the council said: “To ensure Kier can continue to offer a county borough-wide service, the two-bag waste limit still applies.

“Due to stretched resources, the missed, bulky and the delivery of bags rounds have been temporarily suspended.

“Any household currently awaiting a delivery of new landfill waste bags can use black bags or a similar alternative until the deliveries resume.”

A Neath Port Talbot council spokesman said: “Waste and recycling services are continuing as normal and being prioritised to minimise any disruption going forward.”

In Merthyr Tydfil, bulky waste collections have been suspended because staff being used in priority areas and both household waste recycling centres at Aberfan and Dowlais have been shut with the council urging residents to hold on to wood, scrap metal, mattresses, rubble, clothes and furniture for disposal for when they re-open.

Kerbside collections are continuing as normal at the moment but waste services are in the process of changing some collection rounds and residents affected have been sent letters letting them know about the changes.

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