Reduced opening days at the county’s five household waste and recycling centres will come into effect in April.
From Monday, April 3, the council will be reducing the opening days at the centres in Brecon, Llandegley, Newtown, Welshpool and Lower Cwmtwrch in Ystradgynlais to a minimum of three days a week.
The reduction in opening days was agreed by the Cabinet last month (February).
It came after residents and councillors came together over fears that both Newtown and Welshpool could be closed.
After a solution was found, it was decided hours would be cut.
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).
Brecon: Monday and Tuesday (9am-5pm); Sundays (9am-4pm).
Llandegley: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays (10am-4pm).
Lower Cwmtwrch, Ystradgynlais: Thursday and Fridays (9am-5pm); Saturdays (9am-4pm).
Despite the reduced hours, Montgomeryshire AM Russell George said he is going to raise the matter further in the National Assembly and believes this is a backwards and ‘unacceptable step’.
He said: “I have been inundated with responses to my own survey on recycling from constituents who have reacted angrily at proposals to reduce the recycling provision in our area.”
“It is not acceptable for sites in Newtown or Welshpool to operate for just a few days a week. Both sites are very well used and this decision is a backward step.”
“I am concerned at the long term impact this will have on our environment and recycling rates.”
“This will lead to an increase in fly-tipping and a reduction in recycling rates”
“I certainly hope that the new administration after the council elections in May will reverse this decision. I will be raising this matter in the Assembly this week.”
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.