Today I asked the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs about littering and the prospect of 3 or even 4 weekly bin collections across North Wales region, even though all North Wales authorities hit their recycling targets.
This is the second time I’ve raised this and I make no apologies for doing so – it’s is one of THE most often mentioned issues that constituents raise and I represent you so I will raise matters that affect your quality of life and that are important to you.
Members of Anglesey Council’s Executive will meet on Monday to consider the future of the island’s waste disposal.
Earlier this year, the council unveiled controversial proposals to collect refuse only once a month – although the collection of recyclable materials is set to be unaffected.
Recently the bid received a blow after a scrutiny committee recommended bins are collected every three weeks, similar to neighbouring Gwynedd.
A decision is expected during the council’s executive meeting in Llangefni on Monday.
Council officers insist the monthly option will avoid £200 per tonne fines from the Welsh Government and maximising savings.
In their report officers state: “It can be expected that making a transition to three weekly residual waste collection will present much the same challenges as a transition to four weekly, but with considerably less benefit.
“Three weekly residual collection was shown to deliver under half the annual revenue savings of four weekly collection, and the performance improvement can be expected to be less.”
However, some councillors, during the scrutiny committee meeting on November 12, were concerned once a month collections for the island’s 33,600 households was a step too far.
Cllr Carwyn Jones said he felt he had no choice but to oppose monthly collections due to the uproar from many of his constituents.
Meanwhile Cllr William Thomas Hughes voiced fears about the impact on households who were already struggling with fortnightly collections.
Councillors were told the current weekly collection of dry recycling and food waste will continue and fortnightly collection of green garden waste.
An extra 55-litre recycling box would also be provided, with mixed plastic collections allowed rather than just the plastic bottles currently permitted.
A dedicated fortnightly nappy collection service would also be put in place.
According to figures released by the council’s waste management section, collections every three weeks would garner savings of up to £94,000 a year and would increase recycling rates from the current 55% to 68%.
The figure would be enough to hit the Welsh Government’s 2019 target but not the longer-term target for 2024 of 70%.
The council argues monthly collections would see greater savings of up to £253,000 with the 70% target also reached.