Changes to waste and recycling collections

From January 23, Carmarthenshire County Council is increasing recycling collections across the County.

Click here to read FAQs on the changes to our recycling and waste collections.

Blue bags, for dry recycling, will now be collected every week, alongside the green bin for your food waste.

We will collect your black bags, for your remaining household waste that cannot be recycled, every 3 weeks. You may put out up to 3 black bags every 3 weeks.

Residents have received an information pack and collection calendar, which will explain the changes to the collection service and clearly show their collection dates for 2023.

Carmarthenshire County Council is also introducing a new collection service for glass bottles and jars which will be collected every 3 weeks. For those households receiving the new service your collection day will be on the same day as your black bag collections.  You can refer to your information pack for days and week of collections or you can check the online post code checker.  We also have a brand-new email and text messaging service where you can sign up and receive your waste collection reminder the night before your collection.

It is important to note that glass recycling and black bags will be collected by separate vehicles and may be at different times during the collection day. The Council has delivered a black box to homes that are on the glass bottles and jars collection service along with an annual supply of blue bags and food waste liners.

If you have not yet received your information pack or recycling containers, please contact us, the Council, via our website.

If you have more blue bags than you need, please give them to family or friends that might need a further supply, or return them to one of our Hwb centres at Llanelli, Ammanford or Carmarthen.

Cabinet Member for Transport, Waste and Infrastructure Services, Cllr. Edward Thomas said:

“As of January 23, we as a county will be recycling more.

“By collecting your blue bags more often, alongside the weekly food waste bin and by collecting even more items that can be recycled, such as glass, hygiene and nappy waste, you’ll have less non-recyclable waste to put out to be collected.

“The reason why we will now be collecting black bags every three weeks is because, on average, almost half of the contents put in black bags are recyclable, therefore there is still a lot more that we can do to reduce our waste.

“This is a step in the right direction to improve the wellbeing of Carmarthenshire, its residents and its future generations.

“I would like to thank our Waste and Recycling Team for their hard work and commitment in improving the Council’s recycling capability and to the public for continuing to do the right thing and for doing your bit for the environment, by sorting your waste and recycling what you can.”

For further information about the changes to waste and recycling collection or if you wish to sign up for our free hygiene and nappy waste collections, please visit the Council’s website.

Please remember to place your waste out for collection before 6am on your collection days.

For further information about these changes, or to sign up to receive email or text message reminders for your collection days, please visit Carmarthenshire County Council website or call us on 01267 234567 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 6pm).