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A decision is due today on plans to cut bin collections in Conwy county to once every four weeks.
Councillors have been recommended to back the proposals, which would make the county the first in Wales to collect every 28 days, instead of a fortnight. The move could save the local authority £558,000 a year.
A report, due to be discussed at Bodlondeb, says the council could not meet higher targets for waste recycling in the future unless it considers “a more sustainable approach” to collecting. Around 59% of waste is currently recycled, just above the statutory level for all Welsh councils, which will rise to 64% by 2020 and 70% in 2025.
But opponents to the measures, led by Conservative AM for Clwyd West, Darren Millar, say the plans are ”ludicrous” and claim the council has ignored their pleas to keep fortnightly collections. Nearly 2,000 people have joined a Facebook campaign page, ”Save Our Bin Collections”, in the run up to the cabinet vote.
Ahead of the vote, Mr Millar said: ”Members need to ditch these plans and consider alternatives to promote recycling and cut waste going to landfill…these proposals need to be thrown out and the council needs to go back to the drawing board. Reducing the frequency of bin collections will not promote recycling, it will just lead to problems with odours, litter, fly-tipping and pests which will inevitably cost Conwy County Council more.”
Any changes will not affect weekly food waste collections or collections for nappies and hygiene products.