Council suspends four day waste collection plan

By Twm Owen in Local People

A PLAN to only collect recycling and waste on four days a week has had to be put on "temporary hold" Powys council has said.

The authority planned to implement its new collection regime, with bin men only working Tuesdays through to Fridays, from the end of April.

But the council has fallen behind in its work to revise all of its waste collection routes and has had to delay implementation of the policy.

The plan would have meant no rubbish would be collected on Mondays as part of a cost cutting plan which the council said would have also avoided revising collection dates because of Bank Holiday Mondays.

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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