Since October 2010, Powys County Council has been rolling out a new and improved kerbside collection scheme, aimed at helping residents recycle more of their waste.
The new scheme comprise of weekly recycling collections and a fortnightly rubbish collections.
Householders are given three recycling boxes - a red box for cans and plastic, a blue box for paper and card and an aqua box for glass. They also receive a small kitchen caddy for food waste with compostable liners alongside a larger lockable caddy for outside storage, plus a black wheeled bin for any remaining non-recyclable rubbish.
The Welsh Government has set Powys County Council strict recycling targets which rise to 70% by 2024/25. If the council does not meet these targets, then it will be fined for every extra tonne sent into landfill. This is in addition to the gate fees already being charged to tip the rubbish at these sites.
The environmental impact of sending excess waste to landfill is also a concern, due to the greenhouse gases which form in these sites and contribute to global warming and local pollution.