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Council 'will have to consider 3-weekly bin days'.

THREE-WEEKLY bin collections could be introduced to encourage more people in Wrexham to recycle, it has been revealed.

It comes as the Welsh Government has set councils across the country a target of achieving a recycling rate of 70 per cent by 2025.

Levels in the county borough are said to be among some of the best in Wales at 65.4%, according to latest figures.

However, Cllr David A Bithell, lead member for environment, said there would need to be a change in waste services to avoid missing the goal and being handed a large fine.

The possibility of moving from two weekly to three weekly collections for general waste was explored during last year's budget consultation, but was not carried forward.

His comments were in response to a question from Cllr Paul Blackwell, who asked whether Wrexham would ever move to four-weekly collections for black bins as Conwy Council has.

Speaking at an environment scrutiny committee Cllr Bithell said: "I don't think I would support fourweekly collections as I think that's a step too far.

"What I would say, and I think members will have to consider it at some stage, is whether we do go to three-weekly collections. It's not about saving money, it's about making that step change to increase our recycling.

"I think Wrexham's fortunate that we've never altered our bins. Some authorities have gone to three weekly collections with smaller bins than we have."

Cllr Bithell stressed no decision had been made on moving away from two weekly collections as yet.

During the previous consultation, only a quarter of people were supportive of the changes. Many warned there was a risk of increased flytipping.

Members voted to note the work being done to improve recycling rates. Any possible changes to bin collections could be considered later in the year.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
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Date:Apr 13, 2019
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