Introducing Pots Tubs and Trays (PTTs) and Tetrapak Cartons to Existing Kerbside Collections Schemes

6th December 2016

This case study demonstrates how, during 2014, Torfaen Council successfully added PTTs and Tetrapak cartons to an existing kerbside box recycling scheme.

It details the planning and implementation stages of the service enhancement, and the supporting communications to the 40,000 households covered by the service.

Key points
70 tonnes more plastic packaging collected from January to September 2014 compared to the same period for 2013



The Welsh waste strategy, “Towards Zero Waste”, requires Welsh authorities to make staged progress towards recycling and composting 70% of waste by 2025.

Compositional analysis and industry research identified that service improvements were required to enable Torfaen Council to meet the long-term target.

This led to the decision to implement the following changes:

  • Introduction of a separate fortnightly blue bag cardboard collection between October and December 2011.
  • Operation of a separate weekly food waste collection from October 2012.
  • Expanding the existing weekly dry recycling black box collection to include PTTs and Tetrapak cartons in February 2014.

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