Conwy Borough council move to four-weekly bin collections

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:

Conwy will become the first area in Wales to have four-weekly bin collections.

A year-long pilot scheme of 10,900 properties in 2016 saw recycling increased by 14% and black bin waste reduced by 31%, saving 1,040 tonnes from landfill.

As some people had problems with the trial, new proposals were suggested including a second bin for larger families, mobile recycling centres in rural areas and additional collections over Christmas.

The scheme has proved controversial in the past as the council's economy and place overview and scrutiny committee voted to scrap the four-weekly scheme in November and move all homes to the three-weekly collections.

But in December the council's cabinet went against this recommendation.

Conwy Borough Council leader Gareth Jones said: “Environmental and sustainability needs are changing political and economic policies.

“The message I want to present and I hope we can accept is that we accelerate our drive towards increasing recycling and reducing residual waste; that we educate ourselves in what that means and how we can help our residents achieve it.”

The move to 4-weekly black bin collections will be phased in by the end of 2019.

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