Council changes its mind about black bags at waste site after trial

BLACK bin bags won’t be allowed back to a Swansea household waste site following a trial, despite a commitment by Swansea Labour to reinstate a black bag facility there.

The Garngoch site, near Gorseinon, stopped accepting black bag waste in 2016 to encourage more people to recycle.

Removing the black bag skips also freed up parking space, but some local residents were unhappy at the change.

Opposition councillors have now asked the Labour administration what its stance is on the Garngoch site, given the party’s pledge before the 2017 local Government elections that black bags would be allowed back.

In a written response, cabinet member for environment and infrastructure management, councillor Mark Thomas, said Labour did commit in 2017 to reinstating a black bag facility at Garngoch.

But before reinstating it, Cllr Thomas said concerns were raised about loss of parking and the reduction of skips to accommodate the black bag area.

A trial reinstatement then took place, which has persuaded the administration not to proceed with a permanent arrangement.

Cllr Thomas’s response said: “That trial period has shown that overall customer satisfaction at the site has reduced significantly, and the use of the black bag facility has been limited.”

The cabinet member has also been challenged to reinstate a waste wood skip at Clyne household waste site in Derwen Fawr.

Bishopston councillor Lyndon Jones said that people in Gower and Swansea West now have to drive across the city to the Llansamlet household waste recycling site to deposit their wood.

Cllr Thomas said the Welsh Government had changed the rules on wood recycling, meaning that only some types of wood counted towards the council’s recycling rate rather than all of them.

He said the new system meant council staff had to separate the different types of wood, and that the best place for this was at Llansamlet.

But Cllr Jones said it still made more sense to have a wood skip at Clyne, which the council could then take to Llansamlet when full.

“By doing this, you would prevent disadvantaging people from Bishopston and the surrounding area and reduce traffic movement,” he said.

Cllr Thomas indicated in an email to Cllr Jones that waste wood would be banned in due course at the city’s other household waste sites, except Llansamlet.

And he told the Local Democracy Report Service: “We have no plans to put a wood skip back into Clyne, but we will constantly be monitoring the situation.”

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