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New site, reduced times and no vans allowed

Created on 14/03/2017 @ 09:33
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A new recycling centre is to be opened in Newtown, but it comes as Powys County Council reveals new three day opening times from 1 April and is banning all vans from its recycling sites - regardless if they’re used for personal use.

The council has purchased a site on the Dyffryn Industrial Estate in Newtown to establish a new household waste and recycling centre which would be in the council’s ownership.

But at the same time the council has revealed the existing site in Wern Ddu Lane, owned by Potters Recycling and managed on behalf of the council, will only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9am and 5pm and on Sundays between 9am and 4pm. Welshpool’s site will open on Mondays and Fridays between 9am and 5pm and Saturdays between 9am and 4pm.

And if you drive any of the following, regardless of private and company use, you won’t be able to use the site:
•              Pick-up trucks / double cab vehicles with open or a metal back
•              All vans (including hire vans)
•              Agricultural vehicles
•              Sign-written vehicles
•              Any trailer that is not single axle (regardless of what it is towed by).

So if you do, then maybe find some friends with cars to take your waste or recycling.
Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, said: “Although the opening days of the household waste and recycling centres are being reduced to a minimum of three days a week, they have been arranged so that there will always be a site open somewhere in the county every day of the week.”

In reference to acquiring the new site at the Dyffryn Industrial Estate and a bulk site planned for Abermule, he said: “Having household waste and recycling centres in our ownership increases our options to maximise value from any future tendering process or allow us to operate the service in-house.”
As well as the purchase of the site in Newtown, the council’s Cabinet has given the go-ahead to develop part of a site in Abermule for a new bulking facility.
Subject to planning permission, the bulking facility would be used to bulk and bale recyclable materials collected at the kerbside.
“At our bulking facilities, we will be able to sort and bale all the recyclables we collect from kerbside into high-quality, valuable materials ready for sale to re-processors,” said Cllr Powell.
“By having these facilities in strategic locations, we will also be able to reduce the number of vehicles on the road and our haulage costs.”
The investment are part of the council’s long-term plans to secure strategic recycling and waste facilities across the county to help the council meet ambitious recycling targets set by the Welsh Government.  The investment will help the council meet its savings targets as there be a reduction in the running costs of providing the service.
The council will be holding a pre-planning consultation on its plans to develop the household waste and recycling centre at the Dyffryn Industrial Estate before submitting a planning application.
Information on the proposals and how to take part in the pre-planning consultation will be available at in the coming weeks.

Responding to the new recycling opening times, Montgomeryshire AM, Russell George, said the move was a backward step.

“I have been inundated with responses to my own survey on recycling  from constituents who have reacted angrily at proposals to reduce the recycling provision in our area.

“It is not acceptable for sites in Newtown or Welshpool to operate for just a few days a week. Both sites are very well used and this decision is a backward step.”

“I am concerned at the long term impact this will have on our environment and recycling rates.

“This will lead to an increase in fly-tipping and a reduction in recycling rates.”

He added: “I certainly hope that the new administration after the Council elections in May will reverse this decision. I will be raising this matter in the Assembly this week.”

Town councillor David Selby who has been campaigning to keep the recycling centre open for seven days  a week said: “Powys Council are making a big mistake with their opening plans for the Newtown Centre. It a shock that there solution is so badly thought through.
“This is a huge reduction in this vital service and I honesty do not know how the centres will cope with the volume on each day.”
He added: “To say that people should travel to Welshpool on the days that Newtown is closed and the reverse when Welshpool is closed will only make matters worse – unless there is less waste there will be longer queues.  At the very least the both sites should be open both weekend days.”

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