The councils abandon the recycling of food and garden waste in the exchange of bins due to coronavirus

The councils are making changes to waste collections as they adjust to lower staffing levels due to the coronavirus epidemic.

In all councils in Wales and the UK, certain services need to be withdrawn or even stopped to move staff to priority services to be addressed during the outbreak.

Many tips are cutting back some recycling collections to reduce staff workload.

In Cardiff, collections of garden waste and bulky waste have been suspended and a process to separate glass waste for 17,000 homes has been suspended with residents asking to put glass in their green bags. Domestic waste recycling centers were also closed following advice from the British government.

From Monday next week (March 30), residents in wheeled bin areas will now be asked to put food waste in their black bins, which will now be collected once a week. In addition, there will no longer be separate collections of diapers and this waste must also go in black bins.

People living in bagged waste areas are asked to continue using their food carts to prevent animals and birds from scattering waste across the street. Dry recycling collections will continue normally.

Rhondda Cynon Taf’s council also blocked green waste collections.

A spokeswoman for the Council of Rhondda Cynon Taf said: “In these unprecedented times, the council has focused on providing essential frontline services, redirecting staff from other work areas to support critical services.

“Currently all recycling and kerbside black bag / bin collections operate normally, with the exception of green waste, which has been suspended until further notice to allow all resources to be distributed in the main recycling and waste collections.”

Currently, mixed dry recycling is collected weekly, as well as food waste and diapers with black bags and waste bins.

The spokesman continued by saying: “The council is reviewing the impact of coronavirus on a daily basis, in response to the latest government advice or instructions or as a result of reduced staffing resources.

“We will continue to react, as appropriate, to any further development of the instructions issued by Westminster and the Welsh government.”

At Bridgend, general waste disposal, recycling and garden collection services are currently continuing normally.

A council spokesman said, “To ensure that Kier can continue to offer district county service, the two-bag waste limit still applies.

“Due to the extensive resources, the missed, bulky items and the delivery of round bags have been temporarily suspended.

“Any family that is currently waiting for new waste bags to be sent to landfills can use black bags or a similar alternative until deliveries resume.”

A spokesman for the Neath Port Talbot council said: “Disposal and recycling services continue normally and have the priority of minimizing any outages in the future.”

Bulky waste collections were suspended in Merthyr Tydfil because staff were used in priority areas and both the Aberfan and Dowlais household waste recycling centers were closed with the council and invited residents to retain wood, scrap metal , mattresses, rubble, clothes and furniture for disposal for when they reopen.

Kerbside collections are continuing normally at the moment, but waste disposal services are changing a few rounds of collection and letters have been sent to the residents concerned to inform them of the changes.

In the Glamorgan valley, in order to continue collecting garbage, food and black bag waste normally, the council temporarily suspended the collection of green waste.

The council says it is encouraging residents to continue recycling as much as possible, but will allow up to four black bags per family every two weeks.

There are no changes to the sea side collection services in Swansea or Carmarthenshire.

But in Carmarthenshire the recycling centers of Nantycaws in Carmarthen, Trostre in Llanelli, Wernddu in Ammanford and Whitland have been closed until further notice.

Garden waste collections continue at the moment, but this is constantly being reviewed, but bulky waste collections have been suspended and compost bins are not available until further notice


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