Pink bags turned away from Swansea recycling centre
SWANSEA residents are seeing red after learning pink bags are being turned away from a council recycling centre.
The bags are provided by the council to facilitate the recycling of household plastic items such bottles and yoghurt pots and collected fortnightly from the kerbside.
The rumpus is centred around Clyne Household Waste Recycling Centre on Derwen Fawr Road in Sketty.
Evening Post readers complained after, on turning up with their pink bags, they were told to take them back home and wait for the council to collect them.
Sketty resident Rebecca Davies said: "Lots of people are cross. Signs have been put up saying you must wait for fortnightly kerbside collections. I have seven bags filled already with another week to go."
The matter was taken up in the council chamber by several councillors, including Wendy Fitzgerald, Gareth Sullivan, Ioan Richard and Gordon Walker, who had also received complaints from their constituents.
The councillors tables the question: "Some amenity sites are now refusing to accept a range of items, including plastics. Could the Cabinet Member explain why this has been agreed?
"Is this not likely to encourage fly tipping."
In response Cabinet Member June Burtonshaw said: "There is a comprehensive list of which plastics can be taken for recycling on display at each of the amenity sites.
"There are many different types of plastic and the council is encountering problems disposing of plastic at the moment.
"This is because of a fall-off in the demand for recycled plastic. We have needed to review what we are collecting to avoid a significant increase in cost for the types of plastics that are collected at the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs).
"This also requires the council to collect pink bags full of plastic separately from the general plastic facility available at all of the centres.
"As this space is not available at all locations, residents are asked to put these out for collection at the kerbside as the preferred method."
Mrs Burtonshaw did add, however, that the HWRC Bailing Plant in Llansamlet would still accept the bags.
She said: "Alternatively they can be taken to the HWRC situated at the Baling Plant where this facility is available."
I hope this doesn't lead to an increase if fly-tipping or put people off trying to do the right thing.
"Perhaps the matter can be revisited in the future to make sure that it hasn't adversely affected recycling."
All local authorities have to meet strict recycling targets.