Monthly bin collections in parts of Conwy county will be introduced next month.
The pilot scheme will see refuse pickups cut from once a fortnight to once every four weeks as part of changes to recycling services. The trial affects all households who have their collections on Mondays, including over 10,000 households in the Towyn and Kinmel Bay areas.
The rest of the county will switch to one bin pickup every three weeks – but weekly recycling and food waste collections are not affected.
Last February, the council backed down on controversial plans to introduce a four-weekly service permanently – but the proposals are due to be reconsidered again at Bodlondeb next year. More than 2,000 people joined a ‘Save Our Bin Collections’ campaign, led by the Conservative MP for Clwyd West, Darren Millar.
The council says the changes will be introduced in phases and information packas about the new schedules are being sent to all residents in the next couple of weeks.
Councillor Dave Cowans said: ”We want to launch this initiative at the right time with minimal disruption, which is why the new collection schedule will begin in September following the August Bank Holiday and the end of the school holidays. This is a great opportunity for all residents to review their recycling habits and make sure that everything that can be recycled, is being recycled. In Conwy, over half of the average household wheelie bin is incorrectly filled with recycling and food waste which is collected separately every week.”
There will still be fortnightly collections for garden waste, textiles and small electrical items, along with a separate service on request for nappy collections.