Wrexham County Borough Council faces a £1m overspend caused almost entirely by its refuse services.
A report to a council scrutiny hearing this week said an overspend of £1.13m was expected in the environment and planning service, of which £966,000 was due to refuse collection and disposal.
This was caused by a reduction in Welsh Government grant totalling £477,000 and extra staffing costs of £489,000.
Savings in various other services reduced the council’s total overspend to £1.04m.
A ‘difficult decisions’ consultation has proposed switching to three-weekly collections of residual waste.
In a separate report, the Wales Audit Office noted that Wrexham was paying over the odds for residual waste because it was one of only three councils to operate outside the Welsh Government’s programme to support food and residual waste projects.
It said this was because Wrexham had been “well advanced in developing its own solution before the start of the programme” when, in 2013, it signed the second phase of a PFI deal with FCC for recycling and waste treatment infrastructure. The original deal had been signed in 2007.
Auditors noted: “The gate fees for Wrexham’s residual waste treatment facility are more than double the median cost of the residual projects under the programme.
“Councils operating outside the [Government] programme are generally incurring higher residual waste treatment costs and some are still reliant on landfill.”