Changes to Powys HWRCs

Changes to Powys HWRCs

Powys County Council has confirmed reduced opening days and vehicle restrictions at its three household waste and recycling centres operated by Potters Recycling.

The council is reducing the opening days at the centres in Welshpool, Newtown, and Lower Cwmtwrch in Ystradgynlais. 

The new opening days and times for the centres will be:

Newtown: Tuesday and Thursdays (9am-5pm); Sundays (9am-4pm)

Welshpool: Monday and Fridays (9am-5pm); Saturdays (9am-4pm)

Lower Cwmtwrch, Ystradgynlais: Thursday and Fridays (9am-5pm); Saturdays (9am-4pm)

Restrictions on the type of vehicles that can access the centres will also come into effect on the same day as the new opening hours.  Vehicles that will be allowed at the centres include:

All cars, sport utility vehicle (SUVs) and people carriers (with rear seats and windows)

Camper vans and Land Rovers (with rear seats and windows)

Pick-up trucks / double cab vehicles with sliding cover / fibre glass back

Single axle trailers towed by any of the above.

Vehicles that will not be allowed at the centre include:

Pick-up trucks / double cab vehicles with open or a metal back

All vans (including hire vans)

Agricultural vehicles

Sign-written vehicles

Any trailer that is not single axle (regardless of what it is towed by).

Trade waste recycling permits aimed at small traders will also increase in price from £150 to £200.

Nigel Brinn, the council’s Head of Highways, Transport and Recycling, said: “The service changes are necessary to achieve the savings targets that have been set for the next financial year.

“Although the opening days of the household waste and recycling centres are being reduced, they have been arranged so that there will always be a site open somewhere in the county every day of the week.

“The centres are designed to take household material for recycling or disposal that is not collected from the kerbside. Unfortunately, the sites have been used by traders getting rid of their commercial waste and by householders getting rid of large quantities of waste when they should be making alternative arrangements such as hiring a skip.

“In order to fully achieve the savings target that have been set we need to restrict certain vehicles including commercial vehicles from accessing the sites.”