Cabinet release - Waste Collection and Household Recycling Centres
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve changes to the
household waste collection and household recycling centre (HRC) operations
policy when it meets later this month.
The report provides an update to Cabinet on the changes to its kerbside waste
and recycling collections, due to be implemented in September. It also provides
an update on the redevelopment programme of the Council’s HRCs.
The Council continues to perform well in meeting Welsh Government’s recycling
targets with its latest performance of 68% in 2016/17. However to achieve the
next target of 70% recycling by 2025, the following changes are proposed in the
management and operation of the County’s HRC sites:
Following the completion of the HRC redevelopment programme, extending the
permit scheme so that all permitted vans can use all the sites, but there will
be stricter rules on the size as well as only permitting single axle trailers.
There will be new opening times to reflect when they are most used which will
be 9 am to 5 pm in Winter and 10 am to 6 pm in summer
There is to be a review of how the sites will be managed in the future looking
at using a business partner to help increase recycling rates with possibly
linking to a social enterprise or charitable organisation.
The sites will be re-branded as Recycling Centres rather than `Skip Sites’.
Flintshire County Council Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Countryside,
Councillor Carolyn Thomas, said:
“We were pleased to receive grant funding from the Welsh Government to assist
in the provision of modern, easier to use facilities but this was on the
premise that we increased our recycling rates at all the sites. Operatives
will be on hand to help residents go through items brought so they are disposed
in the right containers.”
The report also details new waste collection rounds based on the predicted
housing growth over the next 5 years. This will mean, for a small proportion
of residents ( approximately 500), a change to their collection day will be
Councillor Thomas continued:
“We are also introducing new recycling vehicles which will allow us to collect
a wider range of plastics and batteries at the kerbside, making it easier for
residents to recycle more. Because there will be more opportunity to recycle,
we anticipate that the non-recyclable waste placed in black bins will reduce
and, we will continue to take a robust line with residents who continue to
present extra bagged waste with their wheeled bin and take enforcement action
“I’ve been meeting the workforce as the new Cabinet Member and appreciate how
hard they work, walking up to 12 miles often in difficult weather conditions.
They’ve been asked to put the containers back where they are found and not
leave littering but we have to do some partnership working and if the waste is
put out too early or not secured it can blow around and black plastic bags can
be ripped open by vermin. On hot days, the food waste bins can be foul if not
“Look out for the leaflets through your door detailing what can now be recycled
and the new calendars which will include collection dates for over the
Christmas period so please make sure you keep these somewhere safe. Staff from
the Streetscene service will visit properties affected by day changes to their
waste collections to explain the process and dates for the change.”