New bag sorting policy coming to Household Waste Recycling Centre

Posted on: Thursday 31 January 2019
HWRC recycling

On Monday 04 March a new bag sorting policy will be coming into action at the Household Waste recycling Centre (HWRC) as part of the council's plans to reduce the amount of recyclable products sent for disposal.

The new policy will mean that any mixed bagged waste brought to the HWRC intended for the non-recyclable waste skip will have to be taken to a designated bag sorting area.

Councillor Fiona Cross, executive member for the environment said: "Research by WRAP has found that 60% of bagged waste in Torfaen can be easily recycled, this is one of the reasons why the new policy will be coming into place.

"By 2025 the council needs to reach the Welsh Government's recycling target of 70%, and if this target isn't reached the council is at risk of fines of £100,000 for every 1% it fails by. Reaching a recycling target of 70% is going to be tough, so we all need to work together to achieve it.

"Using the kerbside recycling collection scheme as much as possible, and visiting the HWRC when the kerbside collection isn't enough can help us reach 70%.

"We appreciate that planning your visit to the HWRC will now take a little longer, which is why we've come up with some helpful tips."

Tips before visiting the HWRC from Monday 04 March:

  • Sort through your waste at home into recyclables and non-recyclables
  • Use the kerbside recycling scheme to recycle as much of your waste as possible. This may mean you don't even have to visit the HWRC after you've sorted through everything
  • If you need a trip to the HWRC take a look at the site layout map to plan your visit - this will help you organise your boot when loading it up
  • Make sure you are able to easily open any bagged waste ready for you visit to the HWRC

Unfortunately, people who don't want to open their bagged waste at the HWRC will be asked to return home to do so.

For more information about the bag sorting policy visit one of our events taking place throughout February:

Date: Tuesday 05 February
Time: 10am - 3pm
Location: Blaenavon Heritage Centre, Church Road, Blaenavon, NP4 9AS

Date: Wednesday 06 February
Time: 10am - 3pm
Location: Blaenavon Heritage Centre, Church Road, Blaenavon, NP4 9AS

Date: Thursday 07 February
Time: 10am - 3pm
Location: Sainsbury, Llywelyn Road, Cwmbran, NP44 1UL

Date: Friday 08 February
Time: 10am - 3pm
Location: Tesco, Lower Bridge Street, Pontypool, NP4 6JU

Date: Wednesday 20 February
Time: 10 - 3pm
Location: Tesco, Lower Bridge Street, Pontypool, NP4 6JU

Date: Thursday 21 February
Time: 10am - 3pm
Location: Sainsbury, Llywelyn Road, Cwmbran, NP44 1UL

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