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Municipal Waste Management Strategy

Our plans for Waste

Pembrokeshire County Council's waste plans are driven by European legislation which sets targets for Wales and other Member states.

The Welsh Government has published Towards Zero Waste, the new Waste Strategy for Wales, which forms part of a suite of documents which sets out how Wales will comply with European law.  Towards Zero Waste is the overarching waste strategy for Wales and identifies high level principles, policies and targets.  More detailed delivery plans are provided in "sector plans". 

Towards Zero Waste can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:

Towards Zero Waste

Pembrokeshire County Council's waste is covered by the Municipal Sector Plan which sets the agenda for the management of local authority municipal waste.  Waste that is not municipal waste * is covered by other sector plans. 

The Municipal Sector Plan can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:

Municipal sector plan

The following targets affecting Pembrokeshire County Council's waste have been set in the Municipal Sector Plan:

Municipal Waste collected by local authorities






Minimum levels of preparing for reuse and recycling / composting (or Anaerobic Digestion) for municipal waste.






BMW (Biodegradable Municipal Waste) Allowances**






 [1] No allowances given beyond 19/20.  We have assumed the allowance will remain the same.

The Welsh Government has new legislative powers making  targets statutory (Statutory means imposed by law) for the percentage of a local authority's municipal waste which must be recycled, prepared for reuse or composted.  Failure to achieve these targets could result in fines of £200 per tonne for every tonne of waste by which Pembrokeshire fails.  Further, failure to divert BMW (Biodegradable Municipal Waste) from landfill attracts an additional penalty of £200 per tonne over the allowance.

How well are we performing?

Pembrokeshire County Council Performance





Levels of preparing for reuse and recycling/composting (or Anaerobic Digestion) for municipal waste.



BMW (Biodegradable Municipal Waste) Landfilled

13,543 tonnes

7,091 tonnes

Whilst this is a commendable achievement we can see that there is still much to do if we are to continue these trends and meet the targets of 2019/20 and beyond.

If we continue to recycle the same percentage in 2019/20 as we did in 2013/14 we would fail the statutory target of 64% by 3.7% equating to approximately 2,500 tonnes.

The financial penalty incurred could be:

2,500 tonnes x £200/tonne = £500,000


What would this mean to Pembrokeshire?

This will divert valuable resources from other services that Pembrokeshire County Council delivers on behalf of the community. 

Additionally, failing to divert waste from landfill will incur charges associated with landfill disposal. In 2014 landfill tax alone stood at £80 per tonne but further financial penalties of £200 per tonne could also be applied if we landfill more biodegradable waste than our allowance.

Improvements to Waste and Recycling Services

A review of our services and the waste arisings and population spread in Pembrokeshire has brought about the following key service changes:

  • Our fleet was replaced with twin stream vehicles in early 2012 (Black bag waste & glass collected on one vehicle, orange bags & food on another).
  • Food waste collections are available to all households
  • Glass collections are available to all households
  • A separate chargeable fortnightly green waste collection service has been introduced.
  • Bulking facilities have been developed at certain depots and CA sites and other waste transfer locations to reduce tipping downtime.
  • Residual waste and glass collections are fortnightly with orange bags and food waste collected weekly
  • Bring site provision across the County has been reviewed and wheeled bins in bespoke housings are being introduced at the majority of sites which will allow them to be serviced by the refuse and recycling fleet.
  • Opportunities have and will continue to be sought for the more efficient procurement of goods and services by working regionally.
  • Pembrokeshire County Council has entered into a 13 year Contract with the Central Wales hub, comprising Powys and Ceredigion, for the Anaerobic Digestion of collected food wastes. We have been able to utilise Welsh Government funding towards the processing of the food waste. 
  • Pembrokeshire County Council has entered into a Regional Contract with Ceredigion County Council to process residual waste into refuse derived fuel (RDF) for export to Sweden where the waste will be disposed of at a reduced cost using combined heat and power technology (CHP) to extract energy.

Where do we go from here?

Towards Zero Waste and the Municipal Sector Plan form the basis of Pembrokeshire County Council's Municipal Waste Strategy. In order to achieve both of the statutory targets for 2019/20 and also to prepare the service for even greater challenges of future targets in an increasingly difficult financial climate the Council needs to continue to introduce changes and efficiencies to the way in which the service operates and goods and services are procured.

Another key to achieving success is a targeted programme of education and awareness to ensure households engage with our schemes and participate.

However we cannot achieve this on our own.

To do this we need everyone to reduce, reuse and recycle.

It will affect us all from:


  • our buying decisions;
  • to how we use products and items;
  • when we choose to discard them; and
  • how we separate our waste for collection and recycling or disposal.  

So, please

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle for Pembrokeshire

*Municipal waste is the waste that the County Council has responsibility for collecting and disposing.  It mainly comprises wastes produced by households, wastes produced by trade premises and collected by the Council, and litter and street sweepings.

**BMW - Biodegradable Municipal waste - is a type of waste, typically originating from plant or animal sources, which may be broken down by other living organisms.

Contact Details: Tel: Contact Centre: 01437 764551

Fax: 01437 776368

ID: 6428 Revised: 30/6/2017