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Conwy to pilot four weekly collections

A council in north Wales has voted to pilot four-weekly collections although it has rejected a full roll-out for now.

Conwy County Borough Council opted to collect residual waste from households every three weeks instead at a cabinet meeting on 23 February.

It did not decide where in the borough the pilot would take place but said it will be in a “fairly substantial part of the county” and larger than one ward.

A report by the council’s Customers Overview and Scrutiny Committee had recommended a move to four-weekly collections to save an estimated £558,000 a year, compared with £213,000 predicted savings by going three-weekly.

The council currently collects waste every fortnight, spending about £2.9m a year.

At the meeting, the council decided that four-weekly collections would be too big a jump but councillor Goronwy Edwards added thatt a full roll-out may happen later.

“We will be revisiting it following this three-weekly introduction, which we would hope to roll out in August or September,” he said.

Another councillor insisted that there would be no timescale for a full adoption of four-weekly collections, saying they should reflect on the pilot first.

The council has a 59% recycling rate, on track to hit the statutory target of 58% for 2015-16, but it will have to achieve 64% by 2020 and 70% by 2025.

Councils in Gwynedd, Powys and Blaenau Gwent have already started three-weekly collections.

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