Press Release

Recycling centres closed, pubs monitored – NPT’s Covid-19 update

23 March 2020

As part of Neath Port Talbot Council’s rapidly evolving response to the Coronavirus emergency, a series of service changes, closures and other measures have already been rolled out.

Recycling centres closed, pubs monitored – NPT’s Covid-19 update

This release now lists the latest changes affecting Neath Port Talbot residents.

Because of the need to maintain social distancing and to avoid large gatherings, funerals are to be restricted to immediate family.

Bulky waste collections will be temporarily suspended until further notice – the Council will honour existing bookings but will not be taking on additional bookings.

Also, Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are to close with immediate effect. These measures have been taken as, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Council now has to focus its streetscene services on services that protect public health in our communities.

The closure of HWRCs may result in increases in side waste especially if more people are isolated at home so the Council will be temporarily suspending its restrictions on the presentation of black bag waste at the kerbside until further notice.


The Council will continue to collect green waste as this is collected at the same time, and with the same vehicle, as our organic (food) waste. However, should throughput increase beyond capacity, the Council will have to re-evaluate the situation. 

Public toilets are to be closed as we have insufficient staff to maintain satisfactory hygiene levels.

Neath Market has been extremely busy and the Council is reminding members of the public to maintain social distancing requirements. 

Also because of the need for social distancing, Registrars in Neath Port Talbot will now only marry people at Register Offices and with only a limited number of attendees.

In the interest of our community, we must follow the rules and guidance on social distancing and with immediate effect ceremonies need to be on a very small scale.  

Legally only six people need to be present at a marriage ceremony: the couple and two Registrars, plus two witnesses. We have made the difficult decision to restrict numbers attending all Register Office ceremonies to just the couple and 2 witnesses. 

We thank all our customers for their understanding at this difficult time. The following link confirms our service announcements:
https://www.npt.gov.uk/7151

Following the Government’s announcement that pubs and restaurants should close, other than for delivery or takeaway services, we received reports over the weekend that some premises are not complying with the position.

We have contacted all premises today (Monday, March 23rd)  to make clear we expect businesses to act in the interests of protecting the health and safety of our communities.

We will deploy officers over the course of the next days to monitor compliance and will act where needed to address non-compliance.

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