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Cardiff Council could face huge fine over waste and recycling

27 Feb 2024 2 minute read
Cardiff waste collection

Ted Peskett, Local democracy reporter

Cardiff Council could face a huge fine if it does not go ahead with controversial changes to the way it collects waste and recycling in the city.

The local authority said it was looking to move black bin bag collections to once every three weeks when it made its first budget announcement in January.

Following a consultation exercise between January 8 and February 4, the council made it clear it intends to go ahead with recommending this proposal to cabinet members on Thursday, February 29.

At a Cardiff Council environmental scrutiny committee meeting, members were also told segregated recycling will be rolled out to 80,000 more households later in the year.

In response to a committee member’s question about whether the proposed changes to waste collection are a sensible way to use council funds, a council official said the council could be fined more than £1m if it does not reach its recycling target.

Cardiff Council’s assistant director for street scene Matthew Wakelam said: “You have got to remember that behind there, there is the statutory requirement to try and achieve [70%] recycling performance and we are speaking with Welsh Government officers and the minister to try and understand their position.

“One of the aspects that the officers and Welsh Government minister have said is they want to see extended frequency of collections and they also want to see segregated recycling collections.

“We are implementing what the minister and what Welsh Government officers want, so in that premise, even if we don’t achieve [70%] then we won’t hit those physical penalties that they could put on us.”

The statutory minimum recycling target of 70% has been achieved by five local authorities in Wales – Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Bridgend, Ceredigion and Monmouthshire.

In December 2023, it was reported that 17 of the 22 Welsh local authorities had exceeded the 64% target that was previously set.

Mr Wakelam said Cardiff Council is approaching 64% and is currently carrying about £3m worth of physical penalties from its past recycling performance.

He added: “If we stay at about 64%, and not achieve 70%, [the penalty] could be in the region of about £1.9m. So, it is important I think in the background that you have got that in mind.”

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1 month ago

Fined by who ?
And if they are where does that money go ??

1 month ago
Reply to  TJ

Welsh Gov penalties. I hope it goes into environmental projects

1 month ago

Wow, I sat on that Committee yesterday and I don’t remember those exact words being used.
I must look at the recording. Everyone can do so for accuracy.
True that Cardiff Council could face penalties if it doesn’t meet Welsh Government targets.

Robert Clarke
Robert Clarke
1 month ago

The Welsh Government should be penalised one minister and five Ams be sacked every week they do not get public services fit for purpose like the NHS Education Transport and every other they should all be gone quickly
Close it down and the money could be spent on public services.

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