The current fortnightly bin collection scheme in Norwich has been given the thumbs-up by Evening News readers.

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Councils across England have been warned by Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles that they could lose funding if they don’t go back to weekly bin collections.

But some councils have hit back to say that residents are happy with fortnightly collections, so why change it.

In Norwich recycling and household waste bins are taken on alternate weeks, and an Evening News poll conducted yesterday suggests that’s what people want.

One reader commented on our website: “I think the present system is working well. Many of us need much smaller bins, giving us a bit more room in the gardens. I, for one, cannot generate enough rubbish to fill the big ones in a month.”

Another reader added: “A weekly collection of everything will discourage recycling. The only rubbish which needs collecting weekly for hygiene reasons is food waste and that is collected weekly from the little food bins.”

And another said: “I can’t fill mine even on this fortnightly system. Why waste time and money changing what is currently working?”

Across the country only five councils have taken advantage of the £250m government scheme to bring back full weekly bin collections.

The Local Government Association represents 423 local authorities in England and Wales, and Mike Jones, chairman of the associations’ environment board, said: “Local authorities collect bins from 22m homes and more than four in five people say they are satisfied with the way their council gets the job done.”

A spokesman for Norwich City Council said: “Our current alternate weekly collection and weekly food waste collection is very successful and in fact we have vastly increased Norwich’s recycling rate since we introduced this approach.”

Fortnightly bin collections are also running in Broadland, South Norfolk and Great Yarmouth. But Yarmouth was this week awarded more than £600,000 by the government to support weekly bin collections for 7,000 homes in the area.

What do you think? Write to Evening News Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email eveningnewsletters@archant.co.uk

11 comments

  • You can rig a poll to get the answer you want (as an episode of Yes Minister proved!) I might be inclined to agree with the poll - but were was the corresponding council tax reduction? Another chance for the council to do less for the same money.

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    biglingers

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • I can't believe that is these days of cutbacks, that man Pickles could be so stupid.

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    John L Norton

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • Ahhh look its Pa Snipps!! One of the 4 people the EN thinks are the voice of Norwich! So Pa...to quote you "I think the present system is working well. Many of us need much smaller bins, giving us a bit more room in the gardens. I for one cannot generate enough rubbish to fill the big ones in a month." A MONTH!!!! say no more...... lmao

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    norridge

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • D'oh!!!! EN, der vote on website gives a massive yes vote for weekly stinky binners. Democracy rules OK!!!!

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    nrg

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • Try answering the questions norridge. Your replies could be interesting

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    Pa Snipps

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • Fortnightly collections for waste? Fine if you live on your own, not such good news for those with families. Will there be a reduction in council tax to reflect this? Of course not ! Maybe with the money THEY save they could find a roadbuilder who can constuct a road that lasts!

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    Stop Press

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • Aren't some people easily shocked!

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    biglingers

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • Is this false reporting at its best? At the time of writing 55% voted to bring back weekly collections!!!! All the EN have done have quoted some of the 8 comments to the previous story of which only 4 were positive. So 4 people sat on their computers are now the VOICE OF NORWICH. Jokes. I for one would welcome back the weekly collections as I can easily fill my bins weekly thanks to having a normal sized family.

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    norridge

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • What do you think of the show so far?

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Sunday, November 25, 2012

  • biglingers, gosh!!! us Brits and the yanks have been busy over the last 12 years, k*lling shedloads loads of innocent people in the the agenda of giving them democracy, and now you tell me that it can be rigged..I'm SHOCKED!!!

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    nrg

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • Come on Norridge! Pull the other one! What on earth do you find to fill a bin that size on a weekly basis? Even with a 'normal' size family whatever that is, you must be buying in wholesale, and throwing away almost as much as you buy. Or is this business waste?

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    Pa Snipps

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

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