Fortnightly bin collections proposed for Pembrokeshire
4:58pm Thursday 28th February 2013 in News
Pembrokeshire County Council is proposing to reduce its black bag and glass waste collection service to fortnightly.
Members of the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee will discuss the proposal next week.
At present general black bag waste, which ends up in landfill sites, is collected once a week – along with food and orange bag recyclable waste.
Food waste and orange bag waste will continue to be collected once a week.
A report to next week’s committee says that at present Pembrokeshire is one of only two local authorities in Wales that does not operate fortnightly black bag waste collections.
A change to a fortnightly collection service could reduce costs by an estimated £350,000 a year. It would also divert more rubbish into recycling bringing environmental benefits and enabling Pembrokeshire to meet its Welsh Government statutory recycling target of 58% by 2015.
“Faced with ever increasing costs in an environment of reducing funding and the need to meet the very challenging targets, there is an ongoing requirement to review what we do and how we do it to ensure that we are efficient and complaint with the statutory expectations upon us,” says the report.
If the Environment Overview & Scrutiny Committee next Thursday approves the proposal it will then go to Cabinet in April for a decision with a view to possible implementation in the Autumn.