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22 June 2017

More homes to get “Wheelie Box” units after council receives Welsh Government funding

More homes in Wrexham will benefit from new Wheelie Box waste collection units, after Wrexham Council achieved its highest ever recycling figure.

After the success of recent improvements to its waste collection and recycling regime Wrexham Council received £116,000 in funding from the Welsh Government as part of its Collaborative Change programme.

The improvements saw the council reach a recycling rate of 68 per cent – the authority’s highest ever figure.

Thanks to the funds, and by working in partnership with HMP Berwyn, Wrexham Council will now be able to roll out a new series of trolley boxes for homes in locations throughout the county borough.

Starting from July 1, 2017, Wheelie Boxes will be delivered to more homes in the area.

Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “We are extremely pleased that Wrexham has again been successful in our bid for funding to build on the good work we introduced last year. 

“This funding has enabled the purchase of more recycling trolleys that proved so popular last year when we distributed 13,000 across the County Borough, helping us to reach 68% recycling - our highest ever figure.

“Following the delivery of the flat packed equipment, I am pleased to confirm that by working in partnership with HM Prison Berwyn, we have been able to complete the assembly of the Wheelie Boxes to meet our delivery timescale

“The scheme also provided work experience opportunities for the prison, which will help to aid the men as they transition and develop and into mainstream work upon their release.

“Commencing July 1, a further 3,500 Wheelie Boxes will be ready for distribution.  Utilising experience gained to date and our previous selection criteria, we have ensured a good spread of deliveries across all of our new recycling rounds, and this roll-out will allow another seven per cent of properties a new recycling trolley, which means that over a quarter of the county borough will then benefit from the user friendly Wheelie Box system.”

Nick Dann, Deputy Project Director at HMP Berwyn, said: “We have welcomed the opportunity to work collaboratively with Wrexham Council - the development of good relationships across North Wales is extremely important to us at Berwyn. Meaningful work opportunities for our men within Berwyn and upon release are vital to their rehabilitation.”

New areas to receive Wheelie Boxes include parts of Chirk Trevor, Ruabon, Llay, Gwersyllt, Summerhill, New Broughton, Maesgwyn, Rossett, Marford, Borras, Rhosrobin, Rhosddu, Acton, Marchwiel, Pentre Maelor, Holt, Tallwrn Green, Kingsmill and Park Avenue.