BIN collection days will change for three out of four homes in Cardiff next month as binmen switch to a four-day working week.
The change will begin on Tuesday, (February 23), with letters sent out from this week to every household in the city.
After the change, all bins should be collected by 3.30 pm, earlier than currently, meaning less overall time rubbish is out on the kerbside.
Collections will only take place between Tuesday and Friday. This should mean less confusion around bank holidays and temporarily changing days, as collection days will no longer change on weeks with bank holiday Mondays.
Bins will be collected on Good Friday, but there may be a change to the schedule around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, as this year Boxing Day, a bank holiday, falls on a Tuesday.
Councillor Michael Michael, the cabinet member for clean streets and recycling, said:
“We’re confident these changes will really improve the service we provide to our residents. Waste will only be on the streets for collection four days of the week as opposed to five, and we aim to have it all collected by 3.30 pm.
“People will be returning home from work to cleaner streets without bags or waste out in the street. It should make a huge difference across the city and will also reduce the time available for animals or gulls to attack general waste bags or recycling which have incorrectly had food placed in them.”
Ahead of the changes, the council is bringing in an extra 24 rubbish lorries and 20 new full-time jobs.
More details on how the changes affect each home will be on the council’s social media accounts and app.
Cllr Michael said:
“To ensure that residents are informed about the new arrangements, the council will be writing to every household in the city. We will also provide information on the council’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
“There will be details on our website Cardiff.gov.uk and on the council’s app, which can be downloaded by searching for Cardiff Gov on both Apple and Android products, or by visiting www.cardiff.gov.uk/app.
“Letters will begin delivery from January 26th. Each household in Cardiff will have a letter containing information about their own specific collection date so they know exactly what goes out when.
“Some households will keep the same pattern for collection days and weeks. However, the majority will change. So please keep an eye out for your letter from January 26th onwards. There will also be an insert card with information on the changes, which can be pinned on a noticeboard or placed in the home as a reminder.”
Some wards will be split, and different parts collected on different days. The Heath will split into Heath East and Heath West; Pontprennau and Old St Mellons have been separated, as have Creigiau and St Fagans.
Collections of garden waste will also carry on again fortnightly from Tuesday, March 16.