Recycling – what do you think?

It’s that time of week again. You pull together your various coloured bags and bins filled with an assortment of carefully sorted waste and you put them out for collection. Do you feel pleased about the how your pile of recycling is growing and your ‘black-bag’ waste is shrinking? Or do you scratch your head and wonder ‘what’s the point?’ How do you rate your experience of recycling? Has your local authority got it right?

The Environment and Sustainability Committee at the National Assembly for Wales has launched an inquiry into recycling and we want to know what you think. There are several ways in which you do this:

We’ll consider what you tell us and it will form part of the evidence we’re gathering. Even if you just want to share your experience of how recycling works in your area without offering an opinion, please send us something as it will help us build a picture of the situation across Wales.

Why are we looking into recycling in Wales?
We want to explore current local authority household waste recycling practice and arrangements across Wales.

Our initial research showed us that each of the 22 local authorities in Wales has different arrangements for collecting household recycling. We want to understand the reasons for this and whether this is the most efficient way to go about the collection of household recycling.

Some local authorities collect plastic, metal, glass and plastics separately. Others collect mixed recycling (known as ‘co-mingling’). We want to understand the pros and cons of these different approaches and whether they have an impact on recycling rates.

We also know that this is an issue that most people have an opinion about and we want to hear those opinions! We’ve launched some social media engagement and a consultation. We’ll also be speaking to members of the public at events throughout the summer:

  • Swansea Pride, 28 June
  • Aberafan Beach Festival, 5 July
  • Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, 8-13 July
  • Royal Welsh Show, Llanelwedd, 21-24 July
  • National Eisteddfod of Wales, Carmarthenshire, Llanelli, 1-9 August
  • Denbigh and Flint Show, Denbigh, 21 August

We hope to publish a report in the autumn that will set out our conclusions and recommendations.

Full terms of reference for our work are available here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

One thought on “Recycling – what do you think?

  1. I have just seen the note about the recycling survey, issued in June, and now it is 4 Sept,via the local WI–unfortunately the survey is now closed

    I live in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, and follow the council guidelines
    I would just like to say that as a responsible householder, I separate and recycle as much as possible
    However there is still a significant amount of plastic eg from processed foods, toys, clothing which cannot currently be recycled–I estimate this accounts for at least 50% of my black bag content
    Surely, all plastic could be recycled, for reuse,or if not, then pelletised into fuel–it consists mainly of carbon and hydrogen which has a high BTU value?

    Why don’t all councils have the same policy for recycling–surely this would be a sensible approach?

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