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Barnet Council says 'no' to AWC

Barnet Council has told residents that it will not switch to alternate weekly collections (AWC) when its refuse contracts come up for renewal in the next few months. 

The view that fortnightly refuse collections boost recycling rates had been considered by the council. However, it is on course to meet its target to recycle 40% of waste by 2010 without introducing AWC.

A survey of residents has shown high levels of satisfaction with existing weekly collections and an independent review, conducted by Indecon, found the councils service to be high performing and cost effective.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport Councillor Matthew Offord said: Residents have shown us that they can already rise to the challenge and the rate has soared here. Barnet residents don't need to be pressured into recycling." 

Leader of the Council Councillor Mike Freer added: "I don't criticise other authorities for making the switch to fortnightly collections. It's right that local councils make decisions locally."

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