Boom in recycling rates

Posted on: Thursday 13 May 2021
The amount of cardboard being left out for recycling in Torfaen has increased by 16 per cent since the start of the pandemic.

In total there has been a 13 per cent increase in kerbside recycling in the borough over the past year, but Torfaen Council’s recycling teams have seen a particular increase in the number of large boxes being left out for collection.

It has meant some delays in crews finishing their rounds.

The council’s waste team is now calling on people to ensure all large boxes are broken down and put into blue recycling bags, which makes it easier and quicker for teams to process.

Cynon Edwards, Torfaen Council’s head of waste and operations, said: “Its fantastic people are recycling cardboard and we’d like to thank residents.

“But it takes teams longer to collect large boxes which has a knock-on effect to other parts of the round.

“We’re asking local residents to help us by breaking all cardboard down so that it fits in the blue bags, or to take large boxes to the Household Waste Recycling Centre.”

Councillor Mandy Owen, executive member for environment, added: “Our recycling teams have done a great job during the pandemic and they continue to do so.

“Residents can help by putting all their cardboard waste into blue bags. Households can leave out more than one bag and extra bags can be collected from council buildings or requested via the council’s website or mobile app.”

Extra blue bags are available at Blaenavon Customer Care; Noddfa Church in Abersychan; Trac 2 in Trevethin; Pontypool Civic Centre;  Panteg House, Griffithstown; The Coffee Bar, Croesyceiliog; The Threepenny Bit Community Centre, Greenmeadow; All Sorts,Fairwater; Cwmbran Library; Asda Cwmbran and Thornhill Community Centre. People can also collect additional recycling boxes and bags.

To request a blue bag or book a slot at the Household Waste Recycling Centre visit

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