Council to scrap recycling banks
Conwy Council could be about to slash the number of recycling banks it operates.
Councillors will be presented with plans that would see the igloo style recycling banks for paper, cans, glass, and plastics scrapped.
The authority currently provides recycling banks at 32 locations throughout the county which require servicing by a specialist collection vehicle which costs £90,000 a year.
In their place the council plans to have eight modular style recycling banks for cans and glass.
Last year the council became the first in Wales to introduce four weekly bin collections for residual waste as well as kerbside recycling for residents.
As a result of kerbside recycling it was felt there wasn’t the demand to retain the banks.
Between 2009 and 2019 there was a big drop in the use of these sites, by 79% in the tonnage collected, a reduction of 1,765 tonnes.
Cllr Greg Robbins, the cabinet member for Environment, Roads and Facilities, said: “Now that all residents have kerbside recycling the need for these banks is greatly reduced. The revised service that is being proposed recognises that
they are still currently perceived to be needed in a limited number of locations and the new method of servicing these locations proposed removes the need for a dedicated vehicle and the associated costs. I therefore fully support this change in service model.”
The proposed sites for the new modular banks include Llanfairfechan, Pentrefoelas, Colwyn Bay, Betws y Coed, Eglwysbach, Trefriw, Llanfair Talhaiarn and Pandy Tudur.
Members of the council’s economy and place scrutiny committee will debate the plans when they meet on Wedensday at Bodlondeb.
By Shane Brennan – Local Democracy Reporter
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