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We are changing the name of our Civic Amenity Sites (Tip) to Waste & Recycling Centres.
We are also introducing some changes to how our sites operate.
What is the bag sorting change that you are introducing at Waste & Recycling Centres?
We are asking you to sort your recyclable materials from your non-recyclable materials before you visit one of our WRCs. This will mean that when you arrive at site, you can easily put material in the correct container.
We will also be providing a dedicated Sorting Area at the WRCs in order to ensure all recyclables are removed before waste is placed into the general waste container.
What will general waste bag sorting entail?
When you arrive at the Waste & Recycling Centre your general waste bags will be checked to see if they contain anything that could be recycled on site. You will be asked to place the recyclable items in the right containers and the rest of your non-recyclable waste will be disposed of in the general waste container.
Why are you introducing the sorting of general waste bags at Waste & Recycling Centres?
This is the first improvement to our Waste and Recycling services in 2019. Alot of bagged waste is thrown in the general waste container at our WRCs, when it could be recycled.
All Welsh councils have recycling targets to hit and these targets will increase in the coming years. Welsh Government will fine Authorities that do not hit their recycling targets.
For every 1% of the target missed, we will be fined £140,000. Over 40% of waste, in general waste bags disposed at WRC’s could have been either recycled or reused.
Who will carry out the sorting?
Our on-site operatives will be checking the general waste bags and if it contains recyclable items, they will direct you to the Sorting Area to dispose of it separately.
What sort of things can be recycled out of my general waste bags?
There are a large number of materials collected through our WRCs which can be recycled or reused; these materials are shown below and will need to be removed from general waste bags before they can be disposed of.
What if I am not sure if I can recycle an item or not?
There will always be a member of our team at or near the sorting area. They will able to assist you with any queries.
What if I do not want my black bags sorted on-site?
If you do not wish your recycling to be sorted from your general waste on-site, you will be asked to take bags home to sort them. The easiest thing to do is to separate this at home before your arrival. We will be checking general waste bags before they can be thrown into the general waste container.
Why can’t I take my orange bags to the Waste and Recycling Centres?
Our Waste and Recycling Centres accept all of the items you can currently recycle in your orange bags at the kerbside. The only difference is that any of these recyclable materials will need to be separated and placed in the correct recycling container rather than just disposing of the orange bag as a whole on site, as the main purpose of the centres is to be able to separate out your waste and recycling
Will this lead to bags just being dumped at/outside Waste and Recycling Centres ?
We have an enforcement team who follow up incidents of dog fouling, littering and fly tipping. If bags are dumped at/outside our sites (not in household waste skips) this is fly tipping, which is illegal.
Our enforcement team will investigate anyone found to be fly-tipping/littering and they will be prosecuted. We have CCTV at all our sites and some of our operatives will also be fitted with bodycams.
We are proud of our environment in Pembrokeshire and we will take action to maintain it.
We have no immediate plans to introduce residency/ID checks in any of our WRCs at this time. We are aware that other Welsh councils have introduced this at their sites but it is not something we are considering in the immediate future.
What about sensitive & incontinence waste?
We would ask that if you are disposing of sensitive/incontinence waste that you place this in a separate bag. Our operatives will not ask you to open this separate bag and you will be able to dispose of it in the general waste container.