Updated advice for residents on recycling collections

Following the recent disruption caused by snow and ice, Bridgend County Borough Council and Kier have confirmed some temporary changes for how recycling and waste collections will be carried out.

The changes mainly affect households which should have received recycling or waste collections on Monday 25 January.

All refuse and AHP waste which could not be picked up on Monday will now be collected on Saturday 30 January, while recycling which could not be picked up on Monday will now be collected as part of the next scheduled collection, i.e. Monday 1 February.

Any household affected by this temporary arrangement which has trouble fitting further materials into their recycling containers can sort and place items out for collection by using open carrier bags or cardboard boxes.

Alternatively, additional waste and recycling can also be taken for disposal at one of the three community recycling centres located at Tythegston, Brynmenyn and Maesteg.

All other recycling and waste collections from Tuesday to Friday this week are scheduled to go ahead as normal.

Councillor Richard Young, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “These arrangements are designed to limit the inconvenience caused by the recent snowfall and ongoing issues with thick ice, and to prevent a knock-on effect which could result in further issues occurring across other parts of the county borough.

“Households which were due to receive collections today are being asked to take their bags, containers and sacks back in, and to present them at the kerbside based on the new arrangements.

“I realise that these temporary arrangements may be inconvenient, but we are doing all that we can to keep the disruption to an absolute minimum, so please bear with us as we work to clear the backlog caused by the severe weather.

“Because of the ongoing pandemic, our waste partners, Kier, are already working during very challenging conditions.

“This has been exacerbated by the severe weather, and we have already seen one driver slipping on ice and twisting their ankle.

“The size and weight of some of the collection vehicles means that it could prove to be unsafe or dangerous for residents, private vehicles and property if we tried to take them into specific areas which remain affected by thick ice, so we are inspecting each area carefully.

“I’d also like to thank the Kier workers for all of their ongoing efforts. We will be issuing further updates as the situation develops, and you can find out more by visiting the council website.”