Councils across England have been warned they will lose out on funding if they don’t go back to weekly bin collections.

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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 collected on alternate weeks.

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

Councils chiefs say they are not restoring weekly bin collections because people do not want their bins emptied that often.

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.

“What matters most to people is that their waste is collected in a reliable, efficient way which allows them to recycle easily. “This can be achieved in different ways, depending on local circumstances. For some homes, alternate weekly collections would not be suitable.”

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has threatened to cut funding for councils that refused to bring back the weekly collections.

He said: “I’m making it absolutely clear that it’s wholly unreasonable to expect government grants to go, in the long term, to councils that are operating fortnightly bin collections.

“That support is designed to provide weekly collections on the grounds of public health. This is a basic service that people expect.”

But Mr Jones said ministers should not impose a “one size fits all solution” and that councils would use the funding scheme for increased food waste collections.

Around half of households in England now have their rubbish picked up once every two weeks, and two thirds of councils have fortnightly collections in at least part of their areas.

10 comments

  • 9 recycling workers (rag pickers) have been killed at work during the period of May and September 2012 in the UK. Recycling is bad!!!! simples....

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    nrg

    Sunday, November 25, 2012

  • One bin fits all...It's called commingled and all the sorting and rag picking is done by machines.Works for Europe and the far east (Japan,Korea) pretty well.

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    nrg

    Sunday, November 25, 2012

  • Already got weekly bin collections, go back to doing pub news David bale

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    billythebookie

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Already got weekly bin collections, go back to doing pub news david bale

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    billythebookie

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • What City Boy said.... weekly collection of everything will discourage recycyling. The only rubbish which needs collecting weekly for hygiene reasons etc is food waste and that is collected weekly form the little food bins.

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    BigAl

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • 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.

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    Pa Snipps

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Things are fine the way they are. Leave them that way.

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    smithy

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • We do have a weekly collection different bins are emptied each week - I can't fill mine even on this fortnightly system! Why waste time and money changing what is currently working? Maybe those that need a weekly collection need to look harder at what they are throwing and the cost of landfill that has to be paid for!

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    City Boy

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • weekly for summertime, fortnightly winter...simples.

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    nrg

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Pickles is a buffoon , although i would imagine his bin needs emptying everyday ...overflowing with empty crisp packets , discarded pie wrappings and takeaway cartons.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Friday, November 23, 2012

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