Householders in rural Lancashire will no longer receive doorstep waste collections, as part of changes to a local authority recycling service.
The new service, which is being introduced to 360 households by Rossendale Borough Council throughout August and September, will see residents take their waste to collection points of up to a mile away using waterproof car boot liners.
Lead council member for environment Christine Lamb (Lab) said: “This decision was taken before we took control and the budget has now been set. This is a direct consequence of Government cuts and how these will impact on the day-to-day lives of our residents.
“Because of the severe cuts, the council have had to make some very difficult decisions which have meant that some services have had to be changed to make them affordable. Hardly any other councils offer a doorstep collection services to isolated properties.
“We want to urge everyone in Rossendale to recycle as much as they can because this is not only better for our beautiful environment, but it makes good economic sense because it reduces the cost of sending waste to landfill and we can generate income from recycling to help maintain our other services.”
The decision to amend the recycling service follows requirements to save £2.6m from the council’s budget and a consultation which found that 75% of rural and hard to reach properties either did not respond or voiced no concerns with the council plans.