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‘High costs could increase fly tipping’

Created on 19/08/2016 @ 01:03
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A warning was issued last night that the high costs in collecting unwanted heavy goods from homes could result in an increase in local fly tipping.

High profile problems, including the rats running around Berriew Street Car Park’s collection bins, have highlighted the issues created since the decision was made to collect general rubbish only once every three weeks.

And now Assembly Member Russell George claims that the high charges for bulky household waste collection will compound the problem further.

Mr George has said that the charges for the collection of large household items in Powys were far above the Welsh average, at £25 for up to six items, with a further £3 for each additional good after that. He claims it is the second highest rate by any local authority in Wales and more than double the rate of some.

Mr George said: “I have asked Powys County Council to provide assurances that collection rates for these goods will not be further increased in the future.

“I’m concerned that higher charges will further increase the risk of fly-tipping in Powys which is not only unsightly but poses significant environmental risks.”

Both Powys and Welshpool Town Council have promised to take action to stop the spread of rats caused by people dumping their household rubbish next to the bins in Berriew Street Car Park.



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