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A recommendation by the director of Highways, Streetcare and Transportation Services to remove black bins from Cynon Valley require councillors approval.

A recommendation by the director of Highways, Streetcare and Transportation Services to remove black bins from Cynon Valley require councillors approval.

A recommendation by Stephen Williams – Director, Highways, Streetcare and Transportation Services to remove black bin use in Cynon Valley and replace them with 3 black bags every 3 weeks. In other words, he is making another cut in Public Services for Cynon Valley Residents and now you will have the additional expenditure of purchasing black bags.

There is nothing in the report for extra bags for the collection of wood or coal ash this should be considered as many residents now have multi-fuel stoves: Rhondda Cynon Taff has an Additional Black Bag Request –“The Screening Application form” This should be in the report so resident are aware of this facility.

Cynon Valley councillors should think hard about approving this further cut in public services as they are coming all too frequently our council tax increases annually for fewer and fewer services. 

If this 3 black bag proposal every 3 weeks is supported by local councillors, it is recommended that it may be implemented from 30th September 2024.

The purpose of the report is to outline the proposed standardisation for the collection of residual waste from households and the collection frequency of residual waste from premises that fall under the Workplace Recycling Regulations 2024. Further changes are also proposed to the collection of green waste during winter months, as well as a commitment to an ongoing review of the Council’s Waste Management Strategy.

The recommendations of Stephen Williams as follows:

It is recommended that approval is given to proceed with the following proposed changes:

1. To standardise the collection method of residual household waste in the Cynon and Taf areas, in line with the method of the Rhondda, moving from wheelie bin collections to kerbside collections of standard size black bags only. As part of these proposals, residents have the option to retain their wheelie bins to store residual waste bags, with a maximum of 3 black bags to be placed out for collection at the kerbside every 3 weeks, as per the current allowance.

2. To amend the frequency of refuse collections from premises that fall under the Workplace Recycling Regulations 2024, (e.g., Schools, Commercial premises etc.), across Rhondda Cynon Taf to a 3- weekly collection cycle.

3. To adjust the current winter green waste booking service to improve operational efficiency.

The reasons for recommendations

3.1 The Council’s Corporate Plan, Working With Our Communities (2024 – 2030), sets out the Council’s commitments, which include a green and clean Rhondda Cynon Taf, to improve and protect the environment and nature through working with partners to maximise opportunities to make repairs, recycle, reduce and reuse waste.

3.2 Additionally, the Welsh Government’s strategy Beyond Recycling sets the next minimum target for the recycling of household waste at 70% by 2025, as we look to maintain our trajectory towards a zero waste nation by 2050. (Failure to reach the 2025 70% recycling target will result in the Council being issued with heavy financial penalties).

3.3 The Council is committed to protecting our local environment? And streetscape and as such, strives to keep the County Borough clean, safe and sustainable. By moving away from wheelie bin collections of household residual waste, it will not only provide residents with a better service, but it will also remove obstructions and help keep footways clear or the benefit of all.

(Some resident put out recycling bags just after the bin men have collected the weekly recycling and additional bags build up for over 7 days you won’t stop resident littering the streets with bags of rubbish. There are also rubbish bags left out for weeks because the bin men keep leaving rubbish around for some reason or another.)

In addition and note that another full round review will be undertaken in due course

(In other words, it is another cut in Public Services and more expense for the residents of Cynon Valley)

The report also advises: However, foregoing the advantages above to the presentation of residual waste in bags, as opposed to bins, the Service understands that many residents may want to continue to use their bins for storage of residual waste and will therefore not want to lose the use of them completely.

Thus, it is proposed that Cynon and Taf residents can retain wheelie bins for the storage of residual waste bags, (and this will be clearly communicated to residents in advance of implementation, subject to agreement by Cabinet), but they will be required to present only their bags, a maximum of 3, at their usual collection point on their collection day.

There are no proposed changes to weekly recycling collections, (including food and Absorbent Hygiene Products, (AHP)).

In addition and noting that another full round review will be undertaken in due course

(Not yet but be prepared for another announcement soon on more cuts to Public Services)

The full report on the link https://rctcbc.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=132&MId=50005056&Ver=4&LLL=0

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