Local News & Archive — February 24, 2016 at 9:32 am — Updated: February 24, 2016 at 9:32 am

Council compromise over bin collections

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Conwy County Council has backed down on plans to cut bin collections to once every four weeks.

Councillors voted on Tuesday to start collecting waste every three weeks, after a new recommendation was made by chief executive Iwan Davies during a meeting at Bodlondeb.

But one part of the county will have to wait every 28 days for pickups as part of a pilot scheme – with plans set to be reconsidered next year.

Currently, non-recyclable waste is picked up every fortnight – a report claimed the local authority needed a ”more sustainable approach” to collecting rubbish in order to meet increasing targets. A move to four-weekly collections would have made Conwy the first area in Wales to carry out the system.

The plans were opposed by the Clwyd West AM, Darren Millar, who said cutting bin collections would lead to more environmental problems and discourage recycling. Nearly 2,000 people backed a Facebook-led ‘Save Our Bin Collections’ campaign.

After the vote, the Conservative AM said he was still concerned about the decision: ”It’s a better one than I was expecting but lots of people will be angry about a reduction in the frequency of collections. There is still a threat that four-weekly collections may be imposed at some future date, that uncertainty hasn’t gone away.”

The three weekly collections are set to be introduced during August and September.

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