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Reusable pink bag

We are changing the way we collect plastics at the kerbside. Over the next few months, all properties in Swansea will be provided with a reusable pink bag for plastic collections.

As soon as you receive the new reusable bags please start using them straight away. 

We will be starting the roll out on 24 June, starting with Friday collections and working backwards through to Monday collections.

It is important that you ONLY use the new reusable bag from this point forward. Materials left out for collection in the old single use sacks, either separately or within the new bag will not be collected. Materials placed within carrier bags within the new bag will also not be collected.

Reusable pink bag

First locations on roll out (from 24 June)

GowertonAlready on scheme
PDF Document Streets already using reusable pink bags (took part in the trial) - Friday collections in parts of Gowerton (PDF, 112kb)Opens new window
Dunvant/Three CrossesLast single-use bag collection date: Friday 23 June
Reusable bag delivery: Saturday 24 June
First reusable bag collection: Friday 7 July
North Gower/Penclawdd
South Gower/Upper Killay

Why are you making changes?
Collecting plastics in this way is more sustainable and will lead to an increase in quality which will allow more of the material to be recycled in the UK. The recycling companies no longer want plastic contained in bags as it is more difficult to separate for recycling.

How will I ensure I get my bags back after collection?
Write your house number or name in large text on the blank sides of the bags so that the crews know where to return them to. The bags are weighted which will reduce the chances of them blowing away.

How do I use the service?
Collect and store your plastics in the reusable bag and place out for kerbside collection on the pink collection day, as you would normally. Wash and squash your plastics to make room and close the flap on top.

How many bags will I get?
On delivery of this leaflet we have left ONE bag for you to use. The new bag will hold more than TWICE the amount of plastic than the old plastic sacks.

When do I start using the service?
Please start using the new bags immediately. We will not collect plastics in single use bags in your area after this delivery.

PDF Document Reusable pink bag - full list of FAQs (PDF, 329kb)Opens new window

What to put in the bags

Yes please

You can put all the following items together in your pink bag:

  • Clean plastic food trays
  • Loose plastic bottle tops and caps
  • Plastic bottles  with lids/caps removed 
  • Plastic margarine/ice cream tubs
  • Plastic yoghurt pots 
No thank you

Do not put any of the following items in your pink bags:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Cling film
  • Crisp packets and chocolate wrappers with metallised plastic (shiny) insides
  • Dirty items 
  • Electrical or electronic items
  • Film lids (such as from microwave meals)
  • Larger items (such as garden furniture)
  • Plastic bags and carrier bags
  • Polystyrene
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