In an effort to promote more recycling, Torfaen residents' trash bin collections might be decreased to once a month.
Despite the fact that food waste can be collected weekly in a separate caddy, the council claimed that wheelie bins, which are currently emptied fortnightly, were found to contain food waste.
According to a council report, materials like paper and card, which can also be recycled, are estimated to make up to 15% of typical black bag waste.
The authority intends to hold a consultation on ideas for three-weekly or monthly bin collections to increase "stagnant" recycling rates; however, any changes would be implemented after March 2024.
Conwy council reduced bin collections in 2018 to increase recycling rates, and Flintshire council is contemplating taking a similar step.
According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, since the pandemic, more garbage destined for landfill has been collected from homes all over Torfaen.
The Welsh government will fine the council heavily if recycling targets are not met.
Recycling was thrown into trash bins by bin collectors.
Reaching recycling goals will require fewer bin collections.
The recycling rate in Torfaen was 64 percent in 2019, but it fell to 62 percent over the next two years.
Without material service development, Torfaen "will fall significantly short of the 70 percent recycling rate target in 2024/25" according to a council report on the city's stagnant recycling rate.
For each percentage point that councils fall short of the desired result, the Welsh government will fine them £10,000.
And even though it has stated that it won't fine councils for failing to meet the 2020–21 goal, it has demanded an explanation for Torfaen's failure to reach 64 percent in 202–21.
Clarification on what the council will consult on is sought by the authority's cleaner communities scrutiny committee.
Additionally, it requests that the council provide residents with information that is clear and can be used to justify any changes.