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Recycling centre to open five days a week

Created on 11/07/2017 @ 17:12
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Newtown’s recycling and waste centre is to open five days a week, including weekends.

Powys County Council’s Cabinet today approved a recommendation to increase the opening days at Newtown and Welshpool, as well as others in the county.

They also agreed to introduce a permit scheme for residents to use commercial-type vehicles and trailers for their own household waste.
The new opening days will come into effect from Friday, 1 September.

It followed a reduction to three days at the centres which caused an outcry from residents and is also believed to be behind an increase in fly tipping.

“From this date, residents wishing to use commercial-type vehicles and trailers for their own household waste will be able to apply for permits to use at the centres,” said a council spokesperson.
“The Cabinet had considered the findings of an urgent review on the impact of reduced opening days and vehicle restrictions that were introduced as part of budget-saving measures in in April.”
Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, said: “We are committed to reducing waste and increasing recycling rates but the changes that were introduced in April sent out mixed messages and attracted considerable comments from residents and the county’s elected representatives,
“I’m pleased that the Cabinet has given the go-ahead to increase the opening days to five days a week including weekends and the introduction of a permit scheme for residents to use commercial-type vehicles and trailers for their own household waste.
“Our household waste and recycling centres are an important tool to help the county meet recycling targets and avoid any future financial penalties from the Welsh Government.
“We will consider how to fund these changes but today’s decision shows that the Cabinet is committed to delivering changes for our residents and tackling the issues that cause the most concern.”
Details of the new opening days and how residents who wish to use commercial-type vehicles can apply for permits will be announced in due course.

Montgomeryshire AM, Russell George, welcomed the news. “I received an overwhelming response to my recent recycling survey with 5614 people completing it earlier this year.
"Powys County Council took the decision in February to reduce the days which Household Recycling Centres in Newtown and Welshpool are open to just 3 days per week. I believe the decision was wrong, as both sites are very well used and it would be a backward step and have an adverse impact on our environment and recycling rates.
"My survey showed that 99% of respondents opposed further recycling centres closing, and believed that service cuts should be found elsewhere.”


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