Press Release

‘No unauthorised side waste’ rule to be reintroduced from August 3rd

07 July 2020

Neath Port Talbot Council has announced that from August 3rd, 2020 it will stop collecting unauthorised “side waste” at the kerbside.

‘No unauthorised side waste’ rule to be reintroduced from August 3rd

Neath Port Talbot collects up to one wheeled bin of non-recyclable waste from each household (the limit is up to three black bags in bag collection areas).  Any extra waste is “side waste”.

Households that recycle and still regularly produce large amounts of non-recyclable waste need to have an exemption from this restriction. 

So, if you present more waste in addition to your wheelie bin or more than three black bags in bag collection areas, and you are not exempt from the limit, then our crews will not collect your extra waste from August 3rd.

As part of our response to the coronavirus pandemic, we closed our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) and halted the bulky waste collection service.  As a result of these actions the council acknowledged that some households might have extra waste to present at the kerbside. 

In addition, as part of our amended service, we did not require householders to have an exemption for their extra waste and we collected extra waste presented at the kerbside.

With our recycling centres now successfully re-opened, and the bulky household waste collection service available again, the need for exemptions for extra waste will be reintroduced from August 3rd, 2020.

Our recycling centres are operating with covid-secure measures in place, including a booking system:  please go on line for details.

Our bulky household waste collection service is a chargeable service, again, there are more details available on the council’s website.

The ‘no side waste’ rule is aimed at encouraging those few people who are not yet recycling to recycle more.  The council checks and agrees applications for exemptions, and monitors how the exemptions are used.  If residents are exempt from the limit, they will not be allowed to present anything that can be recycled in their wheeled bin or black bags.

Neath Port Talbot Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Engineering, Cllr Ted Latham, said: “Most households should be able to fit their refuse (that is waste that cannot be recycled) into their wheelie bin, especially if they are recycling as much as possible.”
“We collect recycling every week and there is no limit on this. Residents can put out as much recycling as they want and ordering extra recycling kit is easy to do online on .

“If you live in a bag collection area, we will collect up to three black bags.

“If you recycle all you can but still put out large amounts of non-recyclable waste then from August 3rd you will need to have an exemption from the side waste restriction.  You can apply for an exemption online here (link to be inserted here).”

Residents are asked to please remember there should be nothing in their wheelie bin or black bags that can be recycled.

Cllr Latham added: “Remember, when we recover from this pandemic we will still only have one planet.  Recycling helps to keep valuable resources in use.”

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