Garden waste collection reopening for new sign-ups, two bag waste limit to tighten up and number plate system at recycling centres ends

A number of changes are taking place to recycling and waste collections in Bridgend county borough as services start to return to their pre-lockdown levels.

Here are some of the main changes:

Community recycling centres

The odds-and-even car number plate system is no longer in use at community recycling centres although only a few vehicles are allowed into the sites at any one time.

From Monday, June 29, the recycling centres will also allow vans and trailers on site with the permit system for booking in available.

All items and materials must be sorted before entering a recycling centre, and only one person is allowed to get out of the vehicle to dispose of waste.

Garden waste service

Residents wishing to sign up to the garden waste service will have the chance to do so from this evening (Friday, June 19). The service temporarily stopped during the lockdown but resumed in early May.

However there is a limit on the number of new sign-ups the service can take and it will be on a first come, first served basis. The service will be £38.30 per household for the remainder of the service, or £34.30 for pensioners.

Two-bag waste limit

From 29 June, households will need to strictly observe the two-bag limit on waste. Additional bags were collected in exceptional circumstances while the community recycling centres were temporarily closed, but now that they are open again, the limit is in place once more.

Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Richard Young, said: “We want to thank all our residents for their patience and understanding as we have navigated through this very challenging period.

“Kier’s refuse and recycling collectors and our own street cleansing team have done a phenomenal job in keeping our neighbourhoods clean and tidy.

“A huge amount of waste has been collected.

“However we are still experiencing problems with fly-tipping around clothing banks, particularly in Maesteg. We are in the process of working with the relevant charity to have the clothing banks removed from the car park in Maesteg but urge people to dispose of their waste in the proper way rather than dumping it which looks unsightly and costs a significant amount of money to clear.

“From June 29, collection procedures will also be tightened up when it comes to the two-bag waste rule – this ties in with the recycling centres having reopened.

“Our education and enforcement officers have procedures in place to support and reinforce the rule. However, as usual, there is still no limit on the amount of recycling that can be put on for collection.”