A Gwynedd councillor has said he is “hopeful” a large-item recycling centre will be built in Tywyn, and says he has been told that the council is looking into it.
Steffan Jones, head of waste management for Gwynedd Council, has asked the county’s property department to identify any land it owns in Tywyn for a suitable site as a starting point, said Cllr Stevens.
At present, residents from Tywyn have to make a 40-mile round trip if they need to dispose of anything large, since Potter’s Yard in Machynlleth closed its gates five years ago.
Mike Stevens, who represents Tywyn, said: “There are a number of these large recycling centres throughout the county in similar size towns to Tywyn such as Bala, Porthmadog, Harlech, Blaenau Ffestiniog, and Dolgellau in addition to the larger towns Caernarfon and Bangor.
“Tywyn does have some small recycling bins in the Bro Dysynni leisure centre car park for bottles, clothes and small electrical goods.
“But for larger household items, people need to take them to Dolgellau which the nearest centre or pay to have them collected by the Council.”
Cllr Stevens added that he has been pushing to get a recycling centre in Tywyn since a resident spoke to him about being unable to dispose of large items.
He said: “I’ve been in discussion with Steffan Jones for some time now pressing the case for a large recycling centre in Tywyn since I was approached by a lady who needed to dispose of a mattress and armchair.
“She explained she couldn’t afford to pay to have the council take them away neither did she have a vehicle to take them to Dolgellau.
“It also seems unfair that it costs people in Tywyn people money either in petrol cost or collection cost to dispose of goods when in other parts of the county they had easier access for recycling.
“Tywyn needs and deserve a large recycling centre and I’m very hopeful that at last we could soon have one.
“Tywyn is passionate about playing its part in the battle against climate change. Thanks to the efforts of groups Greener Tywyn and Tywyn Beach Guardians encouraging people to be more eco conscious.”
Gwynedd Council was asked to comment.