A CHANGE to recycling services in Denbighshire which will result in four-weekly bin collections has sparked a huge reaction.

Denbighshire County Council Cabinet is to follow Conwy's lead and introduce the change to the collection of non-recyclable waste.

Changes also include:

  • A new weekly collection for recyclables such as paper, glass, cans, and plastic
  • A new weekly collection for nappies and incontinence wear and a weekly collection for food waste
  • And new fortnightly collection for clothes and small electrical items.

Readers took the Journal and Denbighshire Free Press Facebook pages to engage in a lively debate.

Elly Meredith said: "Ridiculous, better get bigger bins and a reduction on council tax - yeah I know, pigs might fly. The Summer will be terrible, flies, smells, it's a joke."

Joe Beck said: "Brilliant. I think this is excellent news. Less waste going to landfill can only be a good idea."

While John Colley hit back: "It won't be less waste at all. Just because they decide four week collection instead of two doesn't mean people will have less waste."

Mr Beck responded again: "We all need to reduce our waste. Disposable nappies. Life saver. Weekly kerbside collection. Excellent. Food/compostable waste. Weekly kerbside collection. Excellent. Recycling fortnightly. As it is now."

Others aired their concerns about fly tipping and having to pay at certain tips to get rid of rubbish.

Samie Jo said: "I can’t even manage with the two week let alone four."

Noelle Roe said: "Wait until Summer when all this rubbish will attract rats" while Suzanne Bucknall asked: "Why are we paying more and more each year for council tax and getting less and less for it? Four weekly will definitely be getting jumped on to fit the bags in."

The whole county will be moved across to the new service by July 2021.

The local authority say the aim is to encourage more recycling on top of the council’s current rates (64 per cent) to meet the Welsh Government’s 70 per cent target by 2025, with an expectancy that the target will rise to 80 per cent.

Cllr Brian Jones, Lead Member for Highways, Planning and Sustainable Travel at Denbighshire, said cabinet was "delighted" to approve the new waste model for the county which he described as "absolutely fantastic news".

Cllr Jones said: "It will lead to a better environment and carbon footprint.

"We are proposing to introduce a Trolibocs system which will be a recycling collection for residents.

"One element of the service which will change is the black bin in the new service. We will introduce a bigger black bin when required.

"A significant advantage of this will be that we have identified that 50 per cent of material, which currently goes in the black bin, can be recycled.

"This will make a big big impact on our weekly recycling rate going forward and will enable us to meet the new Welsh Government target."

Conwy became the first area in Wales to have four-weekly bin collections.

A spokesperson for Denbighshire County Council said: “If residents use the recycling service correctly, it should only result in a minimal amount of residual waste being created."