Cardiff City Proposals To Cut Rubbish Collections

Cardiff is leading the way in its proposals for “radical changes” to the councils “rubbish collections” in attempts to cut back on £125 million over the next three years as well as meeting Welsh Government targets for recycling of 58% by 2015/16 rising to 70% by 2024/25. 

4 Week Rubbish Collections –  To A Pay as You Throw Charge?

Reported in  the Daily Mail, proposals put forward by Cardiff City Council to make changes to rubbish collections could result in families, facing four-week waits in Cardiff in a bid to save council money, with householders who put the wrong sort of rubbish into recycling bins facing fines.

The Daily Mail also reported that the local authority are also considering,  ‘a pay as you throw charge’  based on how much waste is collected. Families that recycled more would pay less, while the council could impose standard fees for bin bags and wheelie bins.  However such a charge would need a change in legislation first by the Welsh government.

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4 Week Collections To A Pay as You Throw Charge?

Smaller Bins  – To  Limiting Black Rubbish Bags Per Household!

Smaller bins are also being considered to force families to throw away less rubbish. The size of wheelie bins it was reported by the Daily Mail would almost halve, from a 240 litre capacity to 140 litres.   With black rubbish bags  –  which are still being used across a third of the city – could be limited to two or three per household, to force families to cut down on waste.  And residents could even see an annual limit to how many visits they can make to the dump or waste and recycling centre.   Residents could even be forced to put their rubbish into clear rather than black bin bags, to ‘shame’ them into recycling more.

Where there is muck… it costs brass..

Will  Proposed Changes Impact on Fly Tipping?

The implications for these changes some argue could see dramatic  increases in “fly tipping” . Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste, however although it is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to fly tip any material,  and there’s a maximum penalty of up to £50,000, or for very serious offences, a fine of up to five years in prison, or both, people do not seem deterred.

Back in 2005 Cardiff had the highest incidences of fly tipping in Wales, major culprits of fly tipping were found to be  residents and commercial fly  tippers, often small traders.

fly-tipping-costs-walesBetween 2005-2006 there were 40,000 recorded incidents of fly tipping in Cardiff  with associated costs reported to be in excess of £600,000 for the cost of clearance (Download the Fly Tipping Report by Cardiff City Council). This figure rose the following year  to over £1 million, but this figure did not include -:

  • The loss of revenue from tipping fees
  • Waste carrier licensing tax
  • Arson related costs
  • Costs to affected businesses, and private landowners
  • The well-being costs to affected communities

Fly Tipping Of Household Waste Has Increased

According to government statistics although the number of fly-tipping incidents has fallen over the years, the proportion of incidents involving household waste, which includes both black bags and other household waste, has increased over the last two years, accounting for 71 per cent in 2012-13.

In Wales there were 8,276 household black bag flying tipping incidences in 2012-2013, and 882 commercial, but 16,439 fly tipping incidences of other household waste, and  1,099 fly tipping incidences of other commercial waste .

For construction, demolition and excavation waste there was 2,549 fly tipping incidences, and other waste type (unidentified) 1,066 incidences. There were 726 white goods fly tipping incidences, and 676 incidences for other electrical, 815 tyres dumped, and 167 asbestos flying tipping incidences were reported throughout Wales.  (To review government statistics on Fly-tipping in Wales)

Gwent Police – Landscape Crime Officer

Cardiff is not alone in its battle the short film below shows Gwent Police, PC Rob Maddocks Landscape Crime Officer working with partner agencies to tackle the issues of fly tipping.