Machynlleth set for plastic bag recycling service

By Caleb Spencer in Environment

MACHYNLLETH Town Council could fork out to provide a light plastics recycling facility in the town if the county council refuses to do so, councillors have said.

Town councillors have heard that Cae Post, a recycling social enterprise based in Welshpool, could provide a service enabling residents to recycle light plastics such as films or carrier bags, which would be collected every four weeks.

Powys County Council does not currently collect such items at the kerbside, and councillors called for clarity over whether the county council intends to provide the service before committing to a contract with Cae Post.

Cllr Michael Williams said: “I think we should pursue the matter with the county council.

“If we put it in the car park, we have to seek the county council’s permission.”

Councillors resolved to contact the county council to ask if they would be providing a light plastics recycling facility in Machynlleth before deciding on a next move.

But Cllr Glenda Jenkins said she was “cross” that the county council could not recycle light plastics when a private firm could.

“This makes me rather cross,” she said. “Residents already pay once to have waste disposed of.

“How can the county council say they can’t dispose of it but this company says it can? This means taxpayers paying twice.”

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