How recycling and waste collections are being improved in Wildmill

Bridgend County Borough Council, Kier and Valleys to Coast Housing are continuing to work with Wildmill residents to improve waste and recycling throughout the estate.

With the support of Cabinet members Cllrs Stuart Baldwin and Nicole Burnett, the latest phase of the ongoing scheme will see officers knocking on doors and visiting residents at home on Thursday 16 September to ensure that everyone knows how to use the system, and that they have all the recycling equipment they need to take part.

To make it easier for transporting waste to communal collection points, officers will be distributing blue hessian sacks for residents to transport all their recycling materials.

New bags for rubbish and leftover food have already been distributed throughout the estate, and every household has received a calendar informing residents of what days their recycling and waste will be collected on.

Cllr Stuart Baldwin, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “We are looking forward to meeting with residents of Wildmill on 16 September as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure recycling and waste can be collected as efficiently as possible.

“The purpose of the day will be to engage with any new residents who may have recently moved in as well as making sure that existing householders know how to use the scheme so that problems can be avoided.

“As part of our ongoing efforts, we have already installed additional communal bins as well as measures designed to make it harder for people to abuse the system or dump flytipping within the estate.

“The estate now features more than 200 recycling bins provided at various locations throughout Wildmill which are emptied by Kier twice a week. Kier have also replaced a number of damaged bins in the area, and we are monitoring these closely.

“Evaluation of the scheme has found that uncollected recycling on the estate mainly occurs when items are mixed together and are placed inside carrier bags instead of being separated, which prevents them from being collected.

“As well as ensuring that residents know how the scheme works, officers will be emphasising the importance of only placing residual blue bags out after 7pm on the night before collection and before 7am on the day it is due to be picked up.

“They will also be reminding households of the correct procedures for disposing of non-recyclable materials.”