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We’re back to five days recycling and an end to the van ban!

Created on 11/07/2017 @ 19:05
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Welshpool’s recycling centre will be opening five days a week and the ban on driving vans to dump your rubbish is over, following a u-turn announced by Powys County Council.

Public outrage greeted the new cost cutting measures introduced earlier this year that saw the Potters facility cut to only three days a week and restrictions on the types of vehicles entering.

But today (Tuesday) the Council Cabinet reversed the decision and confirmed the centre will be open soon on Saturday and Sundays.

The new opening days will come into effect from September 1, but 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.

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 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.

“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.


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