Community Roadshows - No Side Waste Policy

Blaenau Gwent Council is looking to meet with local people about changes to its refuse collection policy.

From 11 June 2018, no excess side waste will be collected from Blaenau Gwent households. Collection crews will only collect waste that is presented at the kerbside in a wheelie bin. Additional bags or items that are placed on top of or next to the wheelie bin will not be collected. A maximum of 4 black bags is allowed for households without a wheelie bin.
Most of what is thrown out from the house can be put out for weekly recycling collections.  In Blaenau Gwent we have made progress but we are still not achieving the recycling targets set by Welsh Government and this could result in fines being imposed.
However, we have data on the contents in wheeled bins and there is, on average, still a large amount of recyclable materials, especially food being thrown out as waste.  The aim is to get this recyclable material out of the wheeled bin, and into the weekly recycling collections. 

Council Waste Wardens will be monitoring collections and advising residents how they can recycle more, and reduce the amount of waste put out for disposal.  As a last resort where residents regularly put out too much and have not taken advice on recycling, then the Council will take enforcement action. This could ultimately result in a £100 fine being issued.

The roadshow engagement programme kicks off in on 16 April and the full calendar of events is shown below:

16 April 2018 Tredegar,Lidl  4pm - 6pm
17 April 2018 Blaina (Salem Chapel) 10am – 1pm
18 April 2018 Ebbw Vale, Morrisons  4pm – 6pm
19 April 2018 Abertillery Market  10am – 1pm
19 April 2018 Brynmawr Square   2.30pm – 4.30pm
20 April 2018 Ebbw Vale Market  10am – 1pm
20 April 2018 Abertillery, Tesco  4pm – 6pm
24 April 2018 Tredegar, Lidl  4pm – 6pm
25 April 2018 Brynmawr, Asda  10am – 1pm
2 May 2018 Tredegar town centre  10am – 1pm
3 May 2018 Abertillery Market  10am – 1pm
3 May 2018 Brynmawr Asda   4pm – 6pm
4 May 2018 Ebbw Vale Market  10am – 1pm
4 May 2018 Abertillery, Tesco  5pm – 7pm
8 May 2018 Brynmawr Square   10am – 1pm
9 May 2018 Ebbw Vale, Morrisons 10am – 1pm
10 May 2018 Abertillery Market  10am – 1pm
11 May 2018 Ebbw Vale Market  10am – 1pm
11 May 2018 Tredegar town centre  2pm – 4pm
12 May 2018 Brynmawr Market  9am – 12 noon

The engagement programme continues the commitment to be more proactive in engaging with local people about decisions made over the delivery of services.

Councillor Garth Collier, Deputy Leader of Blaenau Gwent Council said:

‘I would like to thank residents who make every effort to recycle their waste every week. However, we are still not achieving our challenging recycling targets set by Welsh Government. There is a lot of room for improvement and we are targeting those people who do not make the effort to recycle with these changes. We want to help everyone recycle as much as they can and our wardens will be visiting all areas to provide help and advice so that residents can reduce the amount of waste placed in their wheelie bins for collection.’

To access the information and survey online go to www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk and follow the link from the homepage. The survey will be available from 13 April 2018.