A Welsh council has warned people to be more responsible after an unexploded artillery shell, detonators and marine flares were dumped at its local authority recycling centres. Powys Council said it had been forced to call out Army bomb disposal experts and police three times during the last five months.
The shell was left next to a skip at a recycling centre in Ystradgynlais. No-one was hurt but the situation could have been different with a “large number” put at risk, said the council. The first incident happened on 27 September 2009 at Ystradgynlais household waste and recycling centre, when the artillery shell was left by a metal skip. The police were called and it was taken away by the Army.
Two weeks later on 9 October, detonators were left by a chemical waste bank at Machynlleth recycling centre. They were taken away and disposed of by a specialist contractor. In the latest incident, on 24 January 2010, a marine flare was discovered at Brecon household waste and recycling centre. The police were called and it was disposed of by the Army.
Councillor Ken Harris, who is responsible for waste and sustainability on the council, said: “Not only is disposing of these dangerous items in this way putting a large number of people at great risk, the individuals responsible are breaking the law and could find themselves liable for prosecution under explosive and terrorism legislation.”