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Councils say no to a return to weekly household rubbish collections

A rumoured £100m fund aimed at enticing local authorities to return to weekly waste collections will not persuade councils to abandon fortnightly collections, according to reports.

In a Daily Telegraph article, 46 local authorities confirmed they would not return to the controversial collection system, despite the incentives which were expected to be announced as the “centrepiece” of the Government’s forthcoming waste review.

The news was welcomed by Friends of the Earth waste campaigner Julian Kirby. He said: “Councils should not be bullied into running weekly bin rounds. Fortnightly collections are hygienic and popular, provided they are accompanied by decent recycling and weekly food waste pick-ups too.

“Weekly bin collections are more expensive to run and lead to less waste being recycled, which is bad news for cash-strapped councils and families and bad news for the environment.

“Households and businesses across the country want to cut down on the rubbish they throw out. Next week’s Government waste review must help them to do this by committing the UK to halving the black bag waste sent for disposal by 2020.”

Defra refused to comment on the rumours. A spokesman said: “We need the right polices to help communities and businesses reduce waste and increase recycling, which is why we will be publishing a comprehensive review of waste policy shortly.”

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