Businessman in Cwmbran fights back after receiving £780 recycling bill

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Owner of Halfway Hotel billed £780 by Torfaen Council for bottle and can collections

A businessman from Cwmbran is fighting back, after receiving a £780 bill from Torfaen Council for bottle and can recycling collections.

The owner of the Halfway Hotel, sixty-three year old Malcolm Gough, says that over the last eighteen years, he has regularly recycled a large number of cans and bottles from his business but has never in that time received a bill for the service.

Businessman receives £780 recycling bill for bottle and can collections

Halfway Hotel owner receives £780 recycling bill from Torfaen Council

Mr Gough received the unexpected invoice at the beginning of September. The invoice amount of £780, was for recycling services from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, plus a charge of £15 per week was also offered, as an alternative method of payment.

According to Mr Gough, his business has never received a formal council contract from Torfaen County Borough Council for the collection of waste and in protest, has refused to pay the £780 bill.

The waste from Mr Gough’s business is classed as ‘commercial waste’. He has now been forced to fight back and take on the disposal of recycled waste himself. Mr Gough uses a heavy metal roller, which crushes the cans and then disposes of them safely via another method.

Mr Gough said: “My main concern is the recycling of the cans. Torfaen CBC have already stopped the bottles being recycled and second point is the huge cost that came out of the blue.”

Councillor Elizabeth Haynes, from St Dials ward, said that it is unacceptable to expect a business owner to pay for a service that they did not receive a council contract for.

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