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Council stages refuse road shows

A landfill site
The amount of waste sent to landfill is expected to be reduced

A series of road shows are being staged in Powys to highlight new weekly food and recycling services next year.

The overhaul of the county's refuse service is part of a major initiative to reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill, claim officials.

The first road show is in Ystradgynlais on Wednesday between 1000 and 1600 BST at the town's Co-Operative supermarket.

Officials will be visiting 16 other towns throughout the county in May, June and the beginning of July.

Powys is one of Wales' leading recycling counties, but the council said it needed to increase recycling rates to meet "stringent targets and avoid massive financial penalties being imposed upon it".

The combination of weekly paper, glass, cans, textile, plastic bottles and food collections together with fortnightly wheeled bin collections for non-recyclable material aims to take the county's recycling rate to 70%.

The changes to refuse collections come in next April.

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