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Councils have not been dazzled by a £250m bribe

Councils have proposed schemes that are appropriate for their local area rather than jumping on the ultimately self-defeating weekly residual waste bandwagon.

Now, I would not knock those councils that have sought funding to address those particular areas of their patch that need a weekly collection for practical reasons. There are always exceptions to the rule - but surely not £250m-worth.

It is no surprise that such a large number of bids relate to separate food waste collection. It is known to be very successful, and there also a significant number of bids that look at tackling the more difficult wastes, the results of which will be useful to all of us.

It is also no surprise that councils have not been dazzled by a substantial bribe to try to force them to move back to alternate week collections (AWC) on ideological grounds, and I am really proud of them for standing firm. They can see beyond the next election and the cuts stretching beyond the horizon. Residual waste costs continue to rise.

Councils that know that AWC has boosted recycling, and are wise enough to know that, for the vast majority of residents, it is no longer an issue. They also do not want to take the option of kicking the can and putting off decisions on collections until the funding has run out.

I am looking forward to seeing how the DCLG will spin this rejection of its pet project in favour of a massive expansion of the ‘slop buckets’ so unjustly disliked by those in power. We are still waiting to see how these bids will be decided upon.

Remember that wheelie bins are really quite manoeuvrable - the ideal vehicle in which to make a speedy U-turn!

An anonymous senior local government officer

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