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Once-monthly bin collections mulled

Households rubbish bins in a Welsh council could be emptied just once a month, sparking fury from some local politicians.

Anglesey council, one of Wales’ leading recycling authorities despite a raft of well-documented executive management issues, said it was exploring the move to meet recycling targets, which are becoming progressively tougher.

Anglesey’s chief waste management officer, Meirion Edwards, told the Western Daily Press: “It is likely that further measures will need to be taken to encourage recycling at the kerbside, possibly by providing smaller wheeled bins for ‘black-bag’ residual waste – to reduce the volume available, which will increase recycling – or collecting residual waste less frequently. Currently this is collected fortnightly.”

An Anglesey spokesman told MRW: “I would again stress that no investigation has been carried out on this matter, it is just one of many future areas we could possibly look at.”

Mark Isherwood, Conservative AM for North Wales, hit out at the idea of bins being emptied less often than fortnightly.

“This would be totally unacceptable to residents of Anglesey, and another potentially unsustainable consequence of the Welsh Government’s pursuit of overly ambitious sustainable policies,” he told the paper.

Councils across Wales have already moved from weekly to fortnightly collections of landfill rubbish, to encourage people to put out more waste for recycling.

The prospect of bin collections every three or four weeks demonstrates the divergence between Wales and England on waste management.

The UK government has earmarked £250m to help English councils meet the costs of continuing, or reverting to, weekly bin rounds, which it regards as a “basic right”.

Earlier this year, Welsh local government minister Carl Sargeant stripped councillors of their executive powers and called in a group of commissioners to run the council after a series of scathing audit reports into the management of the authority.

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