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Council U-turn on waste and recycling collections

Created on 11/04/2017 @ 17:01
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Council plans to drop waste and recycling collections in Newtown on Mondays have been put on hold.

Powys County Council has decided it needs to look into the plans that were originally going to come into force at the end of April.

The council was planning to implement new collection arrangements throughout the county, including Newtown, which would have seen all recycling and waste revised with all collections undertaken between Tuesdays and Fridays.

The decision also comes as opening times at the Newtown and Welshpool recycling centres have been cut to just three days a week, with reports of waste and recycling being dumped outside the depots’ gates.

Yesterday, MyNewtown reported how piles of waste and recycling were outside the Potters recycling depot in Wern Ddu Lane.
However, the council is now delaying the new collection day arrangements for “further work to be carried out as part of its route optimisation project.”
Nigel Brinn, the council’s Head of Highways, Transport and Recycling, said: “We have been working on the route optimisation project for our recycling and waste rounds for some time.
“As part of this work, we have recorded collection points for 67,000 domestic properties spread across the largest county in Wales.  We are looking to make the collection rounds more efficient and reduce the number of vehicle movements.
“We have made good progress especially as this work has been particularly challenging.  However, there are a number of issues that we need to consider before we can implement any new collection arrangements
“The changes will affect the majority of households so it extremely important that we get it right. That is why we have decided to delay introducing the new collection arrangements until we are confident that the route optimisation work will provide efficient collection rounds and help meet our saving targets.
“We remain committed to making our recycling and waste collection service as efficient as possible.”

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