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Unexploded artillery shell at Powys recycling centre

A recycling centre (generic)
The dangerous items have been found at recycling centres

A council has warned people to be more responsible after an unexploded artillery shell and marine flares were dumped at recycling centres.

Powys Council said it had been forced to call out Army bomb disposal experts and police three times during the last five months.

The shell was found left next to a skip at a recycling centre in Ystradgynlais.

No-one was hurt but the situation could have been different with a "large number" put at risk, said the council.

Powys is one of the best performing counties in Wales when it comes to recycling waste, but it seems some residents are taking things a bit too far.

The first incident happened on 27 September last year at Ystradgynlais household waste and recycling centre, when an artillery shell was left by a metal skip.

'Dangerous items'

The police were called and it was taken away by the Army.

Two weeks later on 9 October, detonators were left by a chemical waste bank at Machynlleth recycling centre. They were taken away and disposed of by a specialist contractor.

The cost of this incident alone was put at £2,500, said the council.

In the final incident on 24 January, a marine flare was discovered at Brecon household waste and recycling centre. The police were called and it was disposed of by the Army.

Ken Harris, who is responsible for waste and sustainability on the council, said: "Not only is disposing of these dangerous items in this way putting a large number of people at great risk, the individuals responsible are breaking the law and could find themselves liable for prosecution under explosive and terrorism legislation."

People with potentially dangerous items that need disposing of are asked to call the council's waste management service on 0845 602 7035.

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