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:
- Tweet mentioning @SeneddEnv and/or use the hash tag #RecycleWales. Why not include a photo of your recycling?;
- View the consultation information on the Assembly’s website and respond by email to ES.email@example.com;
- Complete a survey:
–Version for adults; or
–Version for people under 18 years old:
- Leave a comment below.
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.
We look forward to hearing from you!