Enfield Council has pledged to keep weekly waste collections because it makes financial and environmental sense, following the struggle some local authorities had trying to clear the Christmas backlog.
The council’s environment chief Cllr Chris Bond said: “After seeing how some councils on fortnightly services struggled to cope with Christmas collections it was evidence of the environmental health dangers cutting weekly collections could cause.”
Following heavy snowfall and Christmas bank holidays, some local authorities across the UK using alternate weekly collections struggled to keep up with waste collections.
He added: “However the possible financial savings were not cut and dried. It wasn’t conclusive that going fortnightly would push up recycling rates – so while we may have saved money in one area, we may have lost money in another.”
Enfield residents are also responsible for the decision for weekly collections. Bond explained: “We put the proposals for fortnightly collections in the consultation to give residents an option, however, they overwhelmingly have told us they want to keep waste collections weekly and we are more than happy to oblige!”
Enfield waste collections are carried out by an in-house team.