Powys County Council’s Labour Group Leader Councillor Matthew Dorrance has urged the Conservative and Independent-run Council to rethink its decision to scrap Garden Waste Banks from 35 community recycling sites across the County.
In a letter to the Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, Cllr Matthew Dorrance says: “The Garden Waste Banks, like those near the Theatre in Brecon, provide a useful and accessible service for many citizens and they are much valued. Removing them will inconvenience our residents, make life more difficult and could result in a rise in fly-tipping when as you know, the Council’s fly-tipping clearance costs are already amongst the highest in Wales.”
Matthew added: “I acknowledge that the Council has introduced a kerbside garden waste collection but this is a service that residents have to stump up an extra £30 - £35 for. Not everyone in our communities will be able to afford this and many will rightly question why they should when the Council has just increased Council Tax by 9.5%.”