Welsh Government Coronavirus Firebreak Lockdown
Refuse and recycling services, including the side waste restriction, will continue as normal for the two weeks of the lockdown
This time is different to the last lockdown. This lockdown is limited to two weeks and we fully expect recycling centres to reopen on the 9th November.
We will still collect your recyclables every week and your general waste every other week. There is no limit on the amount of recyclables you can put out.
Reintroduction of side waste restriction
From 3rd August we will stop collecting side waste at the kerbside. So if you present more waste in addition to your wheelie bin or more than 3 black bags, our crews will not collect your extra waste.
Householders should present not more than 1 wheeled bin for disposal (or the equivalent for houses without wheeled bins, not more than a total of 3 black bags)
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
If you recycle all you can and still put out large amounts of non-recyclable waste then from 3rd August you will need to have an exemption from the side waste restriction.
But remember – there should be nothing in your wheelie bin or black bags that can be recycled.
Bag presentation area
Also from 3rd August, if you visit any of our recycling centres, you will be asked to open any bags and sort the contents for recycling if you have not already done that.
To save time on site, we suggest that you sort your waste before you arrive.
You must have booked a slot before you visit Briton Ferry or Cymmer recycling centres. Please visit our Recycling Centres page for more information
If someone in your household is affected by Coronavirus, any waste from your house will need to be handled carefully. You need to:
- double-bag all contaminated items
- keep the bags for three days
- put them out for collection
You should also wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after handling any waste and recycling.
As part of our initial response to the pandemic, some of our services changed. We closed our recycling centres to ensure the public and staff stayed safe. We recognised that closing the sites would mean some of our residents might have more waste to so we suspended our side waste restrictions, allowing residents to put out excess waste for collection.
We have now been able to reopen our recycling centres and we will re-introduce the ‘no side waste’ rules to encourage those few people who are not yet recycling to recycle more.
Remember, when we recover from this pandemic we will still only have one planet. Recycling helps to keep valuable resources in use.