Cardiff reveals plans for Bank Holiday Monday waste collections

New plans have been revealed which could see waste collections introduced across Cardiff on Bank Holiday Mondays. 

Currently, Cardiff residents who have their waste collected on Mondays have to wait until Tuesday for their bin collection following the Bank Holiday. This can sometimes produce a knock-on effect to collections across the city, leading to service disruption and confusion for some residents. 

Under the new plans waste management teams would be contracted to work on Bank Holiday Mondays and on ‘required' catch-up days, following other statutory holidays like Christmas and New Year, thereby reducing late collections. 

Cllr Michael Michael, Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Environment and Recycling, said: "This is good news for residents who I'm sure will be delighted to hear our plans to simplify collection days. We want to deliver a waste management service which responds to the needs of our citizens and we believe these changes will lead to a significant improvement. 

"We have been working closely with our Trade Union colleagues and good progress has been made with these proposals. We are now at a point where Trade Union Representatives are content to ballot their members with a view to reaching a Collective Agreement. 

"This work has involved extensive discussions with our Trade Unions colleagues over the past few months and I would like to acknowledge their positive approach to helping deliver the best possible services for the people of Cardiff. 

"While we cannot pre-empt the result of the Trade Union ballot, the unanimous recommendation by the Trade Unions for their members to support the shared proposal is welcome. This points to a clear commitment to working in partnership and supporting our workforce to deliver for the city." 

All affected Trade Union members will now be balloted to vote on the proposals which would see a change to terms and conditions for approximately 260 waste management staff. If agreed, staff will be contracted to work on Bank Holiday Mondays, as well as catch-up days following Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Eve. Good Fridays, which are already designated as regular working days, will also be written into staff contracts. 

In a joint statement the Trade Unions said: "GMB, Unison and Unite welcome the Council administration's commitment to create contracted full-time posts, which the unions have campaigned hard to achieve for many years. Today's announcement shows that this work has paid off. 

"We are delighted that agency workers will now have the opportunity to secure employment within the Council, reducing the local authority's reliance on agency hours. The Street Scene Department is being reshaped to make it fit for the 21st Century. The Council has consulted union members on plans to include the bank holidays in the working week, in line with single-status terms and conditions. 

"The Council is in talks to modernise the department, protecting jobs while offering a first-class services to the citizens of this city. GMB, Unison and Unite unions have recommended that their membership accept the proposals being tabled."

If agreed work will begin on implementing the new system and notifying residents of the changes before implementation.