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Cabinet concludes that no changes will be made to waste and recycling in Caerphilly County Borough

Posted on : 17 Jan 2020

Cabinet concludes that no changes will be made to waste and recycling in Caerphilly County Borough

Caerphilly County Borough Council has agreed to maintain its current waste and recycling system, despite increasing targets.

The proposals, approved by the council’s Cabinet on January 15, will retain the current kerbside collection system for mixed materials, bring forward a further report detailing education and enforcement solutions in order to improve the quality of materials and increase participation in recycling services, and a review into the frequency of residual waste collection.

The council, like others across Wales, has actively engaged with Welsh Government’s Collaborative Change Programme since 2015 – with Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) carrying out a series of reviews on a range of waste management services over that time.

This year, Welsh Government plans to increase recycling targets for local authorities across Wales to 64% from last year’s 58% which will rise to 70% in 2024/25. In 2018/19, Caerphilly County Borough Council achieved 65%.

Cllr Nigel George, Cabinet Member for Environment and Neighbourhood Services, said: “As a council we’re very happy with this report. We are consistently amongst the highest performing local authorities in Wales for our recycling system, overachieving ambitious Welsh Government targets every year. It makes perfect sense to retain the status quo, as our residents evidently like the current system in place.”

He continued: “Moving forward, we aim to raise more awareness and provide more education on recycling over the coming years to help us meet the increasing Welsh Government targets. We are so grateful to all of those who already recycle, but we need the whole community to play their part if we want to remain amongst the highest performing local authorities, with a particular push on food waste.”

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