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Fly tipping in Manchester rises after fortnightly collections

Fly tipping in Manchester has increased after the council ditched weekly collections.

A report from the council shows cases of fly tipping increased by more than 20% since the council moved to fortnightly collections for black bins last summer.

There were around 400 more cases of illegally dumped rubbish per month last year after the new bin collection timetable, compared to 2010. August was the peak month where fly-tipping cases were up 30% on levels before the changes in June.

Complaints about waste almost doubled to 60,000 in June following the collection changes, according to the report.

The changes mean that green and food waste bins are still collected weekly, but general waste is collected is now collected every fortnight.

The council acknowledged that there had been problems following the introduction of the changes but said that it was confident that ongoing work with residents would decrease fly tipping.

Councillor Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council’s executive member for the environment, said: “As had been expected, there were some teething problems when these changes were introduced. But we have been working with residents to make sure everyone understands how to use their recycling service properly and residents’ satisfaction levels are now increasing along with our recycling rates.

“Unfortunately the number of fly tipping cases, which have been steadily decreasing over the last few years, have seen a slight increase but we are confident that ongoing work, including educating residents to make sure side waste is not left out by bins, will mean this figure will begin to drop again. We still provide two free bulky waste collections a year and there is no excuse for anyone to flytip.”

The council also pointed out that there has also been a large increase in recycling rates which would save the tax payer millions of pounds.

Murphy said: “Changes we made to our collection service last year, along with work we have done with residents, has led to recycling rates increasing by about 40 per cent, meaning we are on track to save nearly five million pound in landfill tax levies in this year alone with more savings over the next few years. The financial challenge facing the Council meant that the speed of the changes introduced were much quicker than we would have wanted and on a scale unprecedented in this country.

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