Side Waste Restriction

Side Waste Restriction

Side Waste Restriction

Most of what is thrown out from the house can be put out for your weekly recycling collections.  In Neath Port Talbot we have made some great progress.  Together we achieved the Welsh Governments target to recycle 58% one year early. Great work!

However, we have had a close look at the contents in the wheeled bins and black bags and there is, on average, still a large amount of recyclable materials being thrown out as waste.  We need to get this recyclable material out of the wheeled bin and black bags, and into your weekly recycling collections.  To help encourage this shift, the Council has introduced a limit on the amount of black bags that can be put out.

From June 2016
Householders should present not more than 1 wheeled bin plus 1 black bag for disposal (or the equivalent for houses without wheeled bins, not more than a total of 4 black bags)
bin bag

There is no limit on the amount of recycling you can put out for your weekly recycling collections - if you need more recycling kit you can request this online at our refuse and recycling pages

*There are no restrictions on collection immediately after Christmas.

Food Waste

The biggest one recyclable material that is still taking up space in the wheeled bin and black bags is food waste.  Please use your weekly recycling collections for all your food waste.

Enforcement

The Council will be monitoring collections and advising residents how they can recycle more, and reduce the amount of waste put out for disposal.  As a last resort where residents regularly put out too much and have not taken advice on recycling, then the Council may take enforcement action.

Exemption

Most of what is thrown out from the house can be put out for your weekly recycling collections.  However, we recognised that there are some households that recycle and still put out large amounts of non-recyclable waste.  So at the same time as introducing a side waste restriction we will also operate an exemption scheme.

The exemption scheme is not for recyclables.

Please see our recycle+ / recycling guides to find out what is recyclable.  If you recycle and still put out large amounts of non-recyclable waste you can apply for an exemption.  You will need to demonstrate that you are only putting out non-recyclable waste for disposal, for example: nappies, coal ashes, animal bedding etc.

Apply for an Exemption