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Green light given to garden waste collections

Created on 11/10/2018 @ 16:15
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Householders in Newtown will be asked for their views on how a garden waste collection service will be implemented across the county after Powys County Council’s Cabinet gave the go-ahead for the new service.

The Cabinet approved plans to introduce a paid-for garden waste collection service and agreed to consult residents so that they can have their say on how the new service is implemented.

Households will be charged £35 a year for the service.
Cabinet also agreed to remove green banks from community recycling sites with the introduction of the new collection service.  The facilities at the five Household Waste Recycling Centres across Powys would not be affected.
Currently, residents can take their green waste either to their nearest household waste recycling centre or community recycling site. However, the green banks at community recycling sites are unmanned and often abused by fly-tippers and commercial gardeners.
Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Recycling and Waste, said: “Our plans for a paid-for green waste collection service have today been approved and now the next step is to consult our residents so that they can shape the way we implement this service.
“This type of service has proved very popular in other council areas as it provides a convenient method for residents to recycle their green waste.  We will be running a consultation shortly and it is important that people take part and let us know how they want this service implemented in Powys.
“Green waste banks at community recycling sites are unique to Powys but as they are unmanned they are subject to regular abuse by commercial gardeners illegally using them and also by unscrupulous people disposing of other material, such as DIY waste, which will contaminate the entire load which then needs to be sent for disposal at landfill.
“By introducing this collection service and removing the green waste banks at the community recycling site, we hope to make savings of £280,000.”

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