Bin collection U-turn

By June 1, 2011Articles

 Bin collection U-turn

The Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) is considering introducing incentives for local authorities to return to weekly bin collections – a move that could make domestic cleaning much easier.

Currently, more than half of local authorities offer bi-weekly bin collections, which they adopted as a means of cutting costs and encouraging recycling.

However, the government is now considering offering as much as £100 million in budgetary incentives for local authorities that bring back their old rubbish collection schedules.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, a source close to ministers at Defra said: “Restoring weekly bin collections was something that the prime minister has personally said is essential.”

They added that there are other ways of encouraging recycling and suggested that the move to bi-weekly collections had resulted in an increase in fly-tipping.

However, the spokesperson told the paper that there was no further detail on how a move to weekly collections would be funded.

WYG Environment recently claimed that while there is no hard evidence that weekly collections reduce recycling rates, there is some anecdotal evidence from local authorities that this is the case, reports Business Green.

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