Bridgend county borough council is to extend is collections contract with Kier by seven years, with household residual waste restrictions expected to be rolled out from June. The Welsh authority has chosen to renew its relationship with the contractor in a bid to achieve savings and meet the Welsh Government’s 70% recycling target in 2024. The contract had previously been awarded to May Gurney in 2010, but was inherited by Kier following its acquisition of the company in 2013 (see letsrecycle.com story). As part of the new contract, Bridgend is expected to roll out changes to its kerbside recycling collections, with a black box for paper and a second for cardboard and glass to be replaced with orange and white fabric sacks respectively. Glass will be collected separately from the cardboard in a new black caddy. Other dry recyclables will continue to be collected together in blue sacks. Residual. In addition to the container swap, households will also be restricted on how much residual waste they can dispose of – with a limit of two bags per fortnight. According to council minutes published in November 2016, the move is expected to increase recycling in line with the Welsh targets and produce future savings. However, it adds that these savings are ‘currently limited due to the fixed cost nature’ of gate fees at the Materials Recovery and Energy Centre (MREC) at Port Talbot, where the waste is sent. The site is operated by Neath Port Talbot (NPT) Recycling Ltd, a subsidiary of Neat Port Talbot Waste Management, which is wholly owned by Neath Port Talbot county borough council. Procedure Councillor Hywel Williams, deputy leader of Bridgend county borough council, said: “The new procedures will begin early in June 2017 in order to provide sufficient time for the contract to be finalised and the recycling equipment to be manufactured and distributed. “This will also provide enough time for publicising the new scheme and telling residents how they can apply for dispensations and support, and will coincide with the natural end of the existing recycling and waste collection calendars that have already been issued to households.” The new contract will begin from 1 April 2017.
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